All summer we’ve kept a keen eye on the Houston Rockets free agents and their movements. Jason Terry was the last of the Rockets free agents left and while we reported he had decided to return to Houston we can now say it’s official. Sunday August 24 Terry put pen to paper signing back for another season. Though no details were confirmed it’s assumed he signed a one year veteran’s minimum deal.
Terry played in 77 games this past season registering 7 points, 1.9 assists and 1.7 rebounds and 0.9 steals per game averages. His shooting averages remained on par with his career averages; shooting 42.2% from the field, 81.3% from the free throw line and he shot above his career three point percent average with 39%.
This season the combo guard became a valuable asset not just in the locker room, but played a key role in the Rockets late season success having to fill in for the injured Patrick Beverley.
His playoff averages were: 9.2 points, 2.8 assists and 2.2 rebounds. Further, he was a pivotal part in the game 6 come back win in Los Angeles that laid the ground work for ousting the Clippers and the Rockets moving on to the Western Conference Finals.
Though many considered Terry’s return a given, there were several teams interested in acquiring the veteran’s services including the New Orleans Pelicans who made a better offer than the Rockets as they sought to add a veteran with leadership skills to their young roster.
In the end, Terry cited James Harden as being a main reason why he returned. In a turn-about the Rockets’ captain who learned leadership skills from The Jet stayed in constant contact with Terry and told him the Rockets needed him to win the NBA Championship. For more details on Harden’s effort to convince The Jet to stay in Clutch City check out Joshua Van Horn’s article:
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