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Jason Terry could be receiving a special present for his birthday later this week. Terry, who turns 40 on Friday, could be receiving an NBA contract for the upcoming season. It’s no secret the Milwaukee Bucks would like to retain Terry’s services, but they are likely draw competition for his services from the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Timberwolves, one of the NBA’s up-and-coming teams, have expressed more than a passing interest in Terry and that’s indicative of them bringing the veteran guard to Minneapolis for a workout and meeting with team officials, including Tom Thibodeau, the Timberwolves president of basketball operations and head coach. Sources said Terry arrived in Minneapolis on Sunday and is expected to be there for two days.

Terry’s biggest asset to the Bucks, though, was his locker room presence. Being an 18-year-pro, he provided a relatively young team some much-needed experience and leadership. “I definitely think there’s a market for him and that there’ll be some teams looking for his services,’’ Ryan said of Terry, who has been coaching his daughters’ basketball teams this summer. “But I can see him going back to the Bucks. He and (Bucks coach) Jason Kidd have a good relationship and he wants to keep helping the Bucks turn their culture around.’’

Considering Jason Terry is one of the oldest players in the NBA at 39 years old, there has been speculation this could be his last season and that he would then pursue a coaching job either at the college or NBA level. Terry emphatically squelched that speculation, telling me, “No. No. I’m going to play two more years, God willing. Actually, I AM going to play two more years.’’ Terry has played reasonably well this season while coming off the bench for the Bucks. He’s appeared in 47 games, averaging 3.6 points and 17.1 minutes

Terry will be 39 when next season begins, but he’s planning on sticking around for at least one more season. He becomes a free agent on July 1. “Not retiring at all,” he said. “Just looking for another opportunity to get back on a contender. But if that opportunity doesn’t present itself, still being able to go in and have an impact in the locker room on the younger players and provide quality minutes off the bench. My body feels great. My mind is still sharp.”
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No one inside the organization suggested Saturday that Cavs owner Dan Gilbert was preparing to fire the only coach who’s won a championship for this organization, and Lue will not make changes to his coaching staff. But some sort of reckoning could be coming. The 148 points allowed tied a franchise record that’s stood since 1972. Cleveland’s lost its last two games on national TV by a combined 58 points. The Cavs are nearly the NBA’s worst defensive team, and are 3-9 dating to Christmas.
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