NBA Rumors: Jason Terry Must Take His Talents to South Beach and Join Miami Heat

Joye PruittSenior Analyst IApril 19, 2012

MIAMI, FL - MARCH 29: Jason Terry #31 of the Dallas Mavericks is guarded by Shane Battier #31 of the Miami Heat during a game   at American Airlines Arena on March 29, 2012 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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If you have been paying attention to Jason Terry and the Dallas Mavericks in the latter half of this season and listening to the chirping rumors that are landing Deron Williams with the Mavericks prematurely, Terry seems as good as gone.

Terry has reportedly analyzed how much of an asset he could be to the Miami Heat and has equally expressed concern over the lack of an extension this past offseason.

"No question, they need a veteran shooter, a guy who can score besides LeBron (James) and (Dwyane Wade), and they know they can count on. I'm a guy that's been in this league 13 years, (averaging) 15 points a night, easy. Off the bench or the starting lineup, it doesn't matter. So I think I'd be an asset to them."

"My main goal was to come back and retire a Maverick," Terry told the website. "After no extension this past offseason, I figure it may be time for me to move on. But you never know. ... I would love to (continue) in a Maverick uniform, don't get me wrong. But we'll see what happens.

Terry goes on to quote Cuba Gooding, Jr.’s character in Jerry Maguire and echoes Gooding’s demands for Tom Cruise to show him the money.

The Dallas Mavericks are straying away from the option of showing Terry the money.

However, playing for the Miami Heat will not exactly lace his pockets with a diamond-lining.

Miami is not going to be able to offer Terry much, with the exception of serious title hopes that can only heighten if the Heat survive each round in this year’s playoffs.

How much of a bargain would Terry be able to settle for to join a team with as much potential as Miami and in such strong stride after a 66-game regular season championship win?

For those who assume the signing would bring an aura of awkwardness or tension into the room, you are sadly mistaken. Athletes are extremely emotional on the court, but all realize that it's a business.

Bringing Terry in would be a business move that would be welcomed by Miami’s staff and roster.

Miami has their shooters, but with Mike Miller’s status in Miami being questioned and James Jones being entirely one-dimensional, the Heat could use an option of Terry’s experience and caliber.

When Terry's hot, he’s one of the most dangerous perimeter players in the league off the bench.

Terry does not have a home in Dallas anymore and it has been made unquestionably apparent by their lack of urgency in signing the shooter to an extension. If he wants to be a factor on a contending squad, he could step right into South Beach and make some noise.

Terry’s competitive nature would fit like a puzzle piece into Miami’s mentality and would be one of the franchise’s best reserves.

Miami took a chance on Ronny Turiaf, who’s only a step and a half above Joel Anthony.

Surely, they would consider bringing in someone like Terry who could actually do some damage.