Tyus Jones grew up in Minnesota.
He went to high school in Apple Valley, winning a state championship with the Eagles. Then, after spending one year at Duke, where he won a national title, Jones was acquired through a draft night trade by his hometown Timberwolves in 2015.
He found out the news at his draft party, which, fittingly, took place in downtown Minneapolis.
A day later, the state's prodigal son admitted how special it was to play for his home state's squad.
"This is my hometown team. This was my team growing up," Jones said back then. "It definitely means a little bit more to myself. ... It's special to me."
But after four years, Jones' time as a pro in Minnesota officially came to an end late Tuesday night, when the Wolves declined to match the offer sheet the point guard signed with Memphis two days prior.
So, on Wednesday, July 10, through his agency, BDA Sports, Jones delivered a "thank you" to the state that raised him:
"To all the fans and supporters of the Minnesota Timberwolves, my teammates, coaches, staff and especially Glen Taylor — I want to thank you for all the support and dedication you have shown me and my family since I turned pro.
"I'm especially thankful to the late Flip Saunders for allowing me to be able to play in my home state. The last four years have been such a blessing where I grew up. For that, I am extremely grateful. Minnesota will always be home — that will never change.
"Now I get to take that next step in my journey and career and I'm excited for what's ahead."