Report: Rockets’ Jason Terry May be Trade Cog by Deadline

By Brett David Roberts

Mar 22, 2013; Dallas, TX, USA; Boston Celtics shooting guard Jason Terry (4) waves to the crowd after the game against the Dallas Mavericks at the American Airlines Center. The Mavericks defeated the Celtics 104-94. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Jonathan Feigan of the Houston Chronicle reported there is more to the Jason Terry trade than what meets the eyes. On one hand, the Houston Rockets acquired a veteran who can bring a lot of leadership and experience off the bench. On the other, the Rockets acquired a contract, one that may be useful in making any trades before the trade deadline this season.

While the Rockets have a number of nice pieces to package in a trade, there was a major issue with contracts not matching up. Only James Harden and Dwight Howard command sizable chunks of salary, and having a midlevel contract like Terry’s could facilitate a deal for an upgrade at either starting point guard, or for depth in the frontcourt.

The Rockets will thus look to showcase the 37-year-old Terry plenty to prove to other teams he is worth adding to a late-season push. Terry has had a great NBA career as a sixth-man, and he could potentially be a very valuable player off Kevin McHale’s bench. But his greatest importance may serve in potential trades, something that Rockets GM Daryl Morey will certainly pursue as he tries to take this Rockets team to the realm of true contention.