Jason Terry believes that he still has more years to play, as he becomes a free agent this summer and rumors are swirling that he intends to make one more ride with the Dallas Mavericks before the retirement.
Terry stated that he plans to play two more years before thinking about either coaching or a management position. He also ends speculation that he is walking away from the sport this summer and stressed that he is still sharp and ready to take in the pressure inside the court.
“Not retiring at all. 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,” Terry said.
He added that he had a conversation with the Mavericks and added that if an opportunity presents itself, he would gladly take the offer and even emphasized that he would not take it against the coaching staff or the management if he comes off the bench. He just wants to return to a team that is worthy of a title run next season.
“If the opportunity presents itself then yes, but if it doesn’t, then I have to explore my options. My home base is here in Dallas,” he added.
He also hinted that wherever he would play next season should include a package wherein he could weigh enough his options either to be part of a coaching staff or be a member of a team’s front office. Terry will be entering his 18th NBA season and at age 38, he is already considered one of the oldest players in the league.
However, Terry does not want to keep his expectations high on a possible return with the Mavericks as Mark Cuban wants to invest on young players, who could possibly franchise players for the team. He is also not closing the doors of a possible return with the Houston Rockets and play for new coach Mike D’Antoni.
“It would be a great option for me, No. 1 for my family (since) our home base is in Dallas. I understand for all things I’ve heard that the Mavericks are going young and so I’m 38 and I don’t fit that bill. I’d love also to be a part of that process going forward [with the Rockets], especially with a new coach like (Mike) D’Antoni, who has a great system,” Terry explained.
Terry and the rest of the free agents will have to wait until July 1 and start listening and signing contracts for their future which will also assure Terry of a stable tenure before he hangs his uniform and call it a day in his NBA playing days.
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