Jason Terry Wants to Return to Bucks for 20th NBA Season: 'I Know My Impact'

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistApril 30, 2018

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 28: Jason Terry #3 of the Milwaukee Bucks shoots the ball over Shane Larkin #8 of the Boston Celtics in Game Seven of the 2018 NBA Playoffs on April 28, 2018 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. 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. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE  (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Milwaukee Bucks guard Jason Terry is looking to return for a 20th NBA season in 2018-19.  

"I want to play another year," Terry said, per Ben Steele of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "I can honestly stand here before you and tell you all my efforts will be to come back with this organization.

"Obviously, I know my impact. I've been here two years now. I want to see the finished product. Because I know the potential. I know where this organization is headed. And this year was another step, though we didn’t get the result we wanted. It was another step in the right direction."

Terry, 40, has spent the last two seasons with the Bucks. He averaged 3.3 points and 1.2 assists in 51 games played during the regular season but took part in only three of the team's seven postseason contests. The veteran will be a free agent this summer. 

"I know management, I've already had my discussions with them, and we will continue to talk throughout the summer. But my intentions are to come back here and finish it out here. I'm not saying it will be my final season. But I want to do 20 and then re-evaluate."

Terry, Vince Carter, Dirk Nowitzki and Manu Ginobili are the only four remaining NBA players who were drafted in the 1990s. Nowitzki and Carter already announced their plans to return for a 21st season; Ginobili's status is up in the air.

While the other three players on the list are no-brainer Hall of Famers, Terry has carved out a lengthy career as a role player. Drafted 10th overall in 1999 by the Atlanta Hawks, he's started just 679 of his 1,410 NBA games and has not been a full-time starter since the 2006-07 season. 

Aside from veteran leadership, there isn't much on the court Terry does well at this point. He shot just 38.3 percent from the floor and doesn't have the athletic prowess to be a plus defender anymore. 

The Bucks' desire to re-sign Terry will likely be impacted in part by whoever they bring in as their next coach. Interim head coach Joe Prunty is seen as an unlikely full-time successor to Jason Kidd, who was fired midway through the 2017-18 campaign. 

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