Updates from Wednesday, Sept. 17
Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey announced today that the team has acquired Jason Terry from the Sacramento Kings. In addition to the veteran guard, the Rockets will acquire Sacramento’s 2015 2nd round pick if it falls between 31 and 49, and New York’s 2016 unprotected 2nd round pick. In exchange, the Rockets will send forward Alonzo Gee and guard Scotty Hopson to the Kings.
Eric Pincus of the Los Angeles Times expects the fate of Alonzo Gee and Scotty Hopson to be decided quickly:
Expect the Kings to waive both Gee and Hopson - neither guaranteed— Eric Pincus (@EricPincus) September 17, 2014
Jason Terry, a 15-year NBA veteran and former Sixth Man of the Year award winner, reportedly will be traded from the Sacramento Kings to the Houston Rockets. If the deal is finalized, it will be the fifth team for the "Jet" in the last four seasons.
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports reported the deal on Sunday afternoon:
Sacramento is finalizing a deal to send guard Jason Terry to the Houston Rockets, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) August 31, 2014
Houston will send package of non-guranteed contracts to Kings, including Alonzo Gee, sources said. Kings sending future second to Rockets.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) August 31, 2014
Sacramento will send Houston two second-round picks in deal, including one second via the Knicks, league sources tell Yahoo.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) August 31, 2014
Though Terry didn't post huge numbers for the Brooklyn Nets last season, he adds a veteran presence to any roster. The veteran guard tallied just 4.5 points, 1.1 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 16.3 minutes per game with the Nets in 35 games played during the 2013-14 season.
After the loss of Jeremy Lin to the Los Angeles Lakers, MoiseKapenda Bower of the Houston Chronicle offers his take on the deal:
Lose Jeremy Lin, gain Jason Terry. Surely #Rockets fans have come back under the tent to worship Daryl Morey for turning lemons to lemonade.— MoiseKapenda Bower (@moisekapenda) August 31, 2014
With a cast of stars that includes both James Harden and Dwight Howard, adding an experienced player can only help the Rockets. Terry may not be as productive as he was in his prime, but he is still a quality backup who has a career 37.9 percent mark from three-point range.
Entering the twilight of his career, Terry spoke about wanting out of Sacramento earlier this offseason, per Jason Jones of The Sacramento Bee:
I wouldn’t say it’s rebuilding, but a building process. DeMarcus Cousins a huge talent. Attitude, a little shaky. Rudy Gay, not a proven winner in this league but a tremendous talent and a guy you can build around.
They’re in transition right now. For me, at this point in my career, I want championships.
Will the Terry addition benefit the Rockets?
Though he didn't get the buyout that Jones noted he reportedly wanted, Terry does head to a team with championship aspirations.
And in a loaded Western Conference that includes the San Antonio Spurs and Oklahoma City Thunder, among other deep squads, having experience is crucial. Equipped with 93 playoff games played, Terry adds a voice to the lineup that can be an asset when the postseason begins.
Terry turns 37 on Sept. 15 and will enter his 16th season if he suits up for the Rockets. If he does officially join the team, expect his role off the court to be more important than what he does on it.
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