There are still a few more flights left in The Jet. After 17 years in the NBA, veteran guard Jason Terry still hasn’t gotten his fill of the big leagues. He’s hoping to lend his services to a contender.
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According to the Dallas Morning News Eddie Sefko Terry simply stated when asked about retirement, “Not retiring at all.” Coming off of a season with the Houston Rockets, Terry was still a key rotation player for the Houston Rockets this season. He played 17.5 minutes per game and made 72 appearances in which he averaged 5.9 points on 35.6 percent shooting from the floor.
Age may be a factor for Terry for any team to want to sign the veteran point-guard. Terry will be 39 at the start of the 2016-17 campaign. On Thursday, Terry said that he wants to play for two more seasons and then dive headfirst into either the coaching or management end of basketball–something many players want to do to say within the game.
With the San Antonio Spurs being in need of a big-man and rumors of them going after a few, the guard position could also be an area in need, as the Spurs are said to have interest for Mike Conley. Tony Parker is getting older and seems to be losing steam, as shown in the series against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Going after another player with mileage and age at a high number may not be beneficial.
Apr 10, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets guard Jason Terry (31) celebrates making a three point shot against the Los Angeles Lakers during the second half at the Toyota Center. The Rockets defeat the Lakers 130-110. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Terry has proven this season that he still has a lot of play left in him. He brings a certain spark which may remind you of Patty Mills.
As for becoming a free-agent on July 1, Terry said he’ll weigh all his options, but wants to be sure that where he goes, they will be a contender.
“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.”
It’s unclear if the Rockets want him back, but should another team – like one of his former clubs in the Dallas Mavericks – come calling, Terry will pick up the phone.
“If the opportunity (to play in Dallas) presents itself then yes, but if it doesn’t, then I have to explore my options,” he said. “My home base is here in Dallas.”
The chances of him getting a call from San Antonio is highly unlikely. If you were in the spot of making decisions for the franchise, would Terry be on your list?