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
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Jason Terry on SiriusXM NBA Radio: “I called my good friend Luke Walton. I told him if he needed any help, veteran leadership, in that capacity – Lakers – with an ability to coach at the end of my deal, then that was something I would be looking forward to. He utterly declined, and I respect him for that.”
Indeed, don’t expect Terry to simply be a Bucks’ cheerleader this season. Some NBA officials contend he signed with Milwaukee and rejected overtures from a handful of teams, including the reigning NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers, because of potential playing time. “He wants his minutes,’’ said an NBA executive, whose team had shown some interest in signing Terry. “He didn’t go there (Milwaukee) to sit on the bench.’’
But Terry isn’t the least bit concerned about playing time, according to his agent Ryan N. Davis. “Whether he gets 40 minutes, four minutes or no minutes, he’ll accept it and be professional about it,’’ Davis said. “He’s excited to be with Milwaukee and help them.’’
The Milwaukee Bucks have signed free agent guard Jason Terry, General Manager John Hammond announced today. Terms of the contract were not disclosed in accordance with team policy.
“Jason is a true professional who understands what it takes to be successful in this league,” Hammond said. “He’ll be an invaluable resource for our young group as we continue to develop into a championship-caliber team on and off the court, and he’s still one of the best shooters in the game who can help stretch the floor for us. We’re thrilled to welcome him to Milwaukee.”
Charles F. Gardner: Jason Terry deal with Bucks now expected to be finalized on Monday, league source tells Journal Sentinel.
Veterans Jason Terry and Steve Novak are expected to be signed to fill out the Milwaukee Bucks roster, a league source said Friday.
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.”
He said he’d be open to the idea of returning to Dallas to finish his career. But he’s looking for the best situation not only in terms of being on a legitimate contender, but also in looking toward the future.
Another year? What if Mavericks owner Mark Cuban called? “That’s another phone call that you just can’t turn down. Cuban always in my heart will have first dibs. It’s always a situation at the end of the day that’s business, but Dallas is home. My family is here, and I’m a Maverick for life.”
Are we seeing the last few games of the Jet on the runway? “No, not at all – unless there’s just an outrageous opportunity that presents itself in the coaching world,” Terry said after the Rockets’ shootaround. “Other than that, my goal is to play two more years. So you’ll see a lot more of me.”
“If the opportunity presents itself, it’s something I’ll look at it,” Terry said of a Maverick reunion. “But obviously, over the last month or two, I’ve been getting approached in all facets of the sports world and so, I’m just keeping my options open, understanding that I’m getting toward the end.
Jason Terry: Officially signed with @Houston Rockets #pursuit #blessedandhumble
Terry also had been contemplating a contract offer from the New Orleans Pelicans, but the lure of playing in Houston for a team in the hunt for an NBA title appealed more to Terry, despite the fact that New Orleans offered more money.
Jason Terry has agreed to re-sign with the Houston Rockets on a one-year, $1.5 million contract, league sources tell RealGM.
The Rockets also have made an offer to guard Jason Terry, a person with knowledge of the offer said. That individual spoke on the condition of anonymity because negotiations are not complete.
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The team has lost three games in a row, six of their last seven and appeared lifeless, again, Friday in a 115-87 blowout loss to the Orlando Magic. Van Gundy chose not to address his team after. “I mean, his message is to win,” Pistons forward Tobias Harris said. “So, to be honest, if that’s not getting through — that’s an issue. Coach wants to win. We all to want to win. But if that message isn’t getting through, especially with the position we’re at right now and what’s at stake, I mean, it’s disappointing.”
Asked Wednesday after a blowout loss at Chicago, Van Gundy said he was unsure whether players had stopped listening to him. Then Friday, when asked if his players had given up, he replied: “I don’t know, you’d have to ask them.”
“Everybody’s really, really frustrated,” Van Gundy said. “We’re struggling with the mental part of it right now. We’re just trying to free up their minds a little bit, and get them to playing basketball, and enjoy playing basketball again.”
“The energy has been zapped. … The frustration of not playing well – of the ball not going in the basket, of taking some losses and things like that – can get you to lose your energy. Lose your intensity. Lose your fight a little bit, and that’s what we’ve been going through.”