San Miguel import Josh Boone on the way out; former Cavs' Kevin Jones more likely to replace him


San Miguel has high hopes in NBA veteran Josh Boone as import in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.

But Boone is not delivering as what expected in him even though he is playing only a game for the Beermen.


And Boone could be playing his first and last game last Friday night against the Meralco Bolts.

Josh Boone posted a double-double of 16 points and 16 rebounds but struggled with his shots and was outplayed by Meralco import Brian Butch, who finished with a game-high 29 points and 21 boards.

Cavs' Kevin Jones as replacement
According to a report posted by online sports site RealGM, NBA veteran Kevin Jones has left his D-League club to join the Beermen in the Philippines even before Boone could make his debut for the team.


The online report said Jones, who spent a part of last season with the Cleveland Cavaliers as a reserve power forward, has already left D-League side Canton Charge with the intention of signing with the Beermen soon.

Newly appointed San Miguel coach Biboy Ravanes neither confirmed nor denied the report, saying Boone remains the team's import until management decides otherwise.

“Josh Boone is our player until we say otherwise,” Ravanes told Spin.ph on Friday. “Any other personnel questions can be directed to management.”

According to RealGM, Jones’ NBA D-League stats include 16.9 points and 8.0 rebounds in 30.5 minutes per game for the Canton Charge.

The former West Virginia stalwart also appeared in 32 games with the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2012-13 season where he averaged 3.0 points and 2.4 rebounds in 10.5 minutes a game.

Boone's Struggle
Beermen insiders admitted that Boone is struggling to regain top form after a long layoff due to a knee injury last year.

The former member of the 2004 US NCAA champions Connecticut Huskies played four seasons for the New Jersey Nets in the NBA and even became a starter for a season. He was a role player in his career with the Nets and he is always included in the rotation.

In the team’s only pre-conference tuneup game against Barako Bull which San Miguel lost, 110-114, Boone scored just 16 points and was totally outplayed by counterpart Josh Dollard.

San Miguel import Josh Boone on the way out; former Cavs' Kevin Jones more likely to replace him San Miguel import Josh Boone on the way out; former Cavs' Kevin Jones more likely to replace him Reviewed by Jay-R Bayon-on on 3/08/2014 Rating: 5

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