Veteran guard Jason Terry wants to return to the Milwaukee Bucks for his 20th NBA season.
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The 40-year-old Terry played in 51 games this season, averaging 3.3 points and 1.2 assists. “I want to play another year,” Terry said. “I can honestly stand here before you and tell you all my efforts will be to come back with this organization.
Someday he could do both jobs. For now, the Milwaukee Bucks guard is focused on his current occupation. It doesn’t appear he’ll be switching careers any time soon. One more year in the league and Terry will reach a rare milestone in the NBA. “For sure, 100 percent, my goal is to play 20 seasons,” Terry said. “The organization understands that and I think the league is on notice.”
But he’s been around long enough to understand the business of the NBA. Off the court, he’ll stay friends with Kidd. “The dividing line is there … understanding that Coach Kidd didn’t get me the contract — the Milwaukee Bucks did,” Terry said. “I have a job to do and my job is to help them go forward in the future … continue to be a positive influence in the locker room and on the court. That’s what they signed me up to do and I’m going to see that all the way through.”
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.
Gery Woelfel: As noted in recent WPB story on Bucks’ payroll, team waives center Spencer Hawes, now re-signing guard Jason Terry figures to be next move.
According to league sources, the 39-year-old Terry, who gave the Bucks some quality leadership and 3-point shooting last season, has drawn interest from some other teams. An official with a Western Conference playoff-caliber team, who requested anonymity, confirmed his team is contemplating extending Terry a contract offer.
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.’’
Jason Terry has every intention on being in some NBA team’s training camp this fall. The veteran shooting guard is hoping it’s in Milwaukee. Terry signed with the Bucks last summer and adjusted quite nicely to his new digs. “Jason loves Milwaukee,’’ said Ryan Davis, Terry’s agent. “Hopefully, Milwaukee will bring him back.’’
Sirius XM NBA: “My loyalty lies with Jason Kidd.” – Jason Terry. Says he would love to stay in Milwaukee, but not limiting himself to staying there.
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
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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So this summer, you fully expected to continue on in Indy? Lance Stephenson: Ah, man. I never … I was even surprised when they declined by option. Just to be a free agent again this year was like, ‘Man, again…” I was definitely upset, but you move on from stuff like that, and you learn and you get stronger from it.
You haven’t closed the door on Indiana, though? It’s weird to think a guy could come back three times. Lance Stephenson: [laughs] You never know, man. My job right now is to kill this year and find a home. This is a big opportunity playing with one of the greatest to ever play the game. Always playing against him now to play with him, it’s going to be different.
Have you talked with George Hill about playing alongside LeBron? Lance Stephenson: No. I try not to ask people about him. I rather go in here with a fresh attitude and not asking other people what is it like or anything like that. I want to get my opinion and my own feel for it. I’m coming into it with a fresh mind.
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