James Jones played for five NBA teams over his 14-year career and was part of three championship squads.
Jones announced his retirement on Wednesday and will join the Suns as the team's new vice president of basketball operations
The grass field has been removed inside Marlington Stadium and replaced by white gravel.
That substance will serve as a base for the next part of the football field turf installation project, which is scheduled to begin today.
"Having field turf is the next step for our athletic program," Marlington Local School Superintendent Joe Knoll said Monday afternoon.