Breaking Down Best Landing Spots for Jason Terry Next Season
After Terry's efforts that helped lead Dallas to the NBA title, it's difficult to see him moving to a new team in the offseason. But the reality is this is likely going to happen.
Terry even hinted at this reality recently. According to Yahoo! Sports Marc Spears, Terry stated, "I go out there every day with that on my mind [his uncertain future]. It's reality. I could possibly not be in this uniform next year. It affects a lot of us."
With that said, it's time to begin analyzing where "the Jet" may be taking his talents next season. Even though he's currently 34 years old, he's still playing at a high enough level to remain a difference-maker.
Numerous teams will surely be interested in the veteran guard. Here's an analysis of where he would fit in best.
Los Angeles Clippers
The Clips have some interesting decisions to make this summer. Shooting guards Randy Foye and Nick Young both possess expiring contracts. Should the Clips choose to let these two walk and pursue a new veteran shooting guard, such as Terry or perhaps Ray Allen?
If they do go that route, Terry would make for a great addition, especially for a Clips team that is youthful and in need of some veteran tutelage.
This is unlikely, but the Nets may make Terry an offer that's hard for him to refuse.
Plus, they can offer him the opportunity to be a part of their inaugural squad in Brooklyn.
Therefore, these intangibles may override the fact that this team may not soon be a contender.
The Nets are youthful and could use a "winner" like Terry on their roster. Whether he's used as a starter or sixth man, he could provide a needed spark to a Nets team seeking to make noise in their upcoming transition.
Terry has actually already expressed interest in joining the Miami Heat, the team he helped oust in last year's finals.
He could definitely give the Heat's bench a jolt of life, but is it realistic to see him taking his talents to South Beach?
While Miami could use Terry, the reality is they won't have much cap space this summer and if they do make a move, it will probably be to address a more urgent need. They could really use an upgrade at either point guard or center and may focus their efforts on landing Steve Nash or Chris Kaman.
Therefore, while Terry may be open to heading to Miami, it's unlikely due to the Heat's finances and the fact that they simply have other needs.
The Indiana Pacers have made major strides this season and could surprise some people in the playoffs.
What's more, they have plenty of cap space this summer and should be active in free agency. Eric Gordon, a native of Indianapolis, would be a wondrous fit, but he's a restricted free agent. O.J. Mayo is another possibility, but at his young age, he'll likely want to latch on as a starter somewhere (he likely wouldn't start in Indiana because Paul George and Danny Granger are already on the wings).
Thus, Jason Terry is a worthwhile option for the Pacers to consider. He'd give them a veteran presence and an extremely potent weapon off the bench. Perhaps he could even be the last piece that vaults them into the league's top tier of ball clubs.
Minnesota is another young team who will have some cap space and could use a veteran guard. If they could land Terry, it's definitely reasonable to envision the T'Wolves making the playoffs next season.
The T'Wolves are still years away from contending for a championship, which could keep Terry away.
However, if Terry's main interest is finding a good contract while still joining a respectable team, then this is surely an option for him to consider.
Terry has previously expressed his desire to retire as a Maverick, so there's still a good chance he ends up back in Big D.
There's certainly reason for him to return, especially if the Mavs reload for next year by landing Dallas-native Deron Williams.
While "the Jet" may be uncertain if he'll wear a Dallas uniform next year, it will surely be hard for him to leave the city where he just reached the NBA mountaintop.
And perhaps he'll be convinced that they are retooling for a few more title runs before his career begins to wane.