Rockets Expect Jason “the Jet” Terry Back
It’s been an active summer for Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey. The team entered the LaMarcus Aldridge sweepstakes and although they didn’t come away with the prize, they received positive feedback from the power forward who highlighted the importance of NBA Team pitches and recruitment.
Once Aldridge made his decision Morey jumped on his main summer task which was to improve the depth of the Rockets back court. Initially the focus was on retaining arguably the best defensive point guard in the Association: Patrick Beverley, Morey not only accomplished that goal, but he re-signed the defensive specialist at a bargain of $25M for four years. Additionally, the Rockets GM re-signed Corey Brewer also at a reasonable price of $24M over 3 years which was a coup considering opponents were offering larger amounts. Then Morey added more depth in signing “Lil Buckets” Marcus Thornton who can provide instant offense off the bench and play either back court position.
Sources: Houston free agent Jason Terry commits to one-year, $1.5 million deal to return to the Rockets. http://t.co/SNAsMlZkNo
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) August 19, 2015
Still, the goal wasn’t just to maintain the Rockets back court it was to specifically improve the starting point guard position. This objective was accomplished and exceeded with the trade which brought Ty Lawson over from the Denver Nuggets in exchange for 4 players not expected to see much court time.
With the combination of James Harden and Ty Lawson in the Rockets back court they may even give the “Splash Brothers” a run for their money as the NBA’s best back court duo.
With dollars dwindling there remained one off season box left unchecked and that was to retain the services of Jason Terry. At 37, the guard still plays with pace, can hit the perimeter shot and is highly valued as an experienced voice in the locker room.
The New Orleans Pelicans who were seeking a veteran of Terry’s ilk made a strong pitch for the guard. In the end it appears Morey’s efforts won out combined with Terry’s desire to return to the team and players he is comfortable with and his wish to bring a championship to Houston.
It is expected Terry will formalize his commitment today (Wednesday August19th).
Source: Rockets expect Terry to re-sign Wednesday http://t.co/PkgtanygAC
— Mike & McGourty Show (@MikeandMcGourty) August 19, 2015
Terry is expected to sign a one year veteran’s minimum deal for $1.5 million. The veteran averaged 7.0 points, 1.6 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 0.9 steals per game shooting 42% from the field and a still very healthy 39% from behind the arc. He also played a pivotal role during the 2014-15 season and was critical to the Rockets deep run in the post season picking up the starting point guard duties when Beverley was lost due to injury.
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