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Jason Terry Won't Replace Jeremy Lin for Houston Rockets

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Stephen BabbFeatured Columnist IVOctober 31, 2016

Desperate times call for desperate measures, which helps to explain why the Houston Rockets have resorted to a 36-year-old sixth man who's seen better days.

Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the, "Rockets have reached an agreement in principle to acquire Sacramento Kings guard Jason Terry, league sources told Yahoo Sports."

"The Rockets will send a package centered on non-guaranteed contracts, including Alonzo Gee, that the Kings can ultimately waive and gain salary savings and roster space, league sources said," Wojnarowski adds. "Sacramento will send Houston two second-round picks in the deal, including one via the Knicks, league sources told Yahoo."

For the record, the trade may take some time to go through.

The Houston Chronicle's Jonathan Feigen explains that, "The deal will take several weeks to complete and will include additional non-guaranteed contracts, likely either Josh Powell, Scotty Hopson or both."

From Sacramento's perspective, this is merely an attempt to cut costs and potentially open up another roster spot.

In July, The Sacramento Bee's Jason Jones noted, "The Kings still are looking to gain roster flexibility by trading one or more of their power forwards and possibly dealing guard Jason Terry, who has said he would prefer not to play in Sacramento."

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Indeed, Terry made it abundantly clear he wanted out of Sacramento ASAP.

"I wouldn’t say it’s rebuilding, but a building process," Terry told ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM’s Fitzsimmons and Friedo Show in July, per ESPNDallas.com's Bryan Gutierrez. "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," Terry added.

So it shouldn't come as any surprise that Houston emerged as a natural trade partner. Even after losing restricted free agent Chandler Parsons to the Dallas Mavericks (and replacing him with Trevor Ariza), the Rockets are light-years closer to a title than the Kings.

But does the Jet's landing in H-Town bring them any closer to one?

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