Former Rockets guard finds himself at center of bizarre scandal

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Jason Terry had a storied NBA career. Terry played 19 seasons in the NBA for six different organizations, including the Atlanta Hawks, Dallas Mavericks, Boston Celtics, Brooklyn Nets, Houston Rockets, and Milwaukee Bucks.

He's proven to be very reliable and dependable, on the basketball court, that is. However, the latest news casts doubt on his reliability and dependability off the court.

According to reports, the 2011 NBA champion has refused to pay for a $25,000 Rolex timepiece that he rented and later agreed to purchase. The watch contains 23.5 carats and is a customized stainless steel timepiece. 

Terry rocked it at an event in Las Vegas, while the Summer League was in session. The bizarre part is that Terry decided against returning the watch, as he wanted to purchase it instead.

The jeweler agreed, giving Terry a purchase price of $25,000. Terry reportedly texted the jeweler asking for his bank account information but never sent the money.

Nor did he return the watch.

Two-time Rockets guard finds himself engulfed in bizarre scandal

The jeweler followed up with the former Houston Rockets guard, inquiring about the payment, and Terry didn't respond, prompting the jeweler to file a lawsuit on Monday.

The situation is odd and unusual, for several reasons. For one, Terry made over $107 million in NBA earnings, so he should be able to afford a $25,000 wristwatch.

In fact, he agreed to purchase it.

So it's not about money, seemingly. But also, the two-time Rockets guard could have simply returned the watch, if he got a sudden change of heart.

That was always an option. In fact, that could've made this whole situation go away. 

But he decided against that. So again, why not simply pay the agreed-upon price?

All told, Terry averaged 13.4 points, 3.8 assists, 38 percent from three, and 44.4 percent from the field. Terry joined the Rockets in 2014 and provided a steady shooting hand off the bench, as he made a team-best 39 percent of his triples (on 4.2 attempts) in 2014-15, while averaging 7 points per game.

Terry also returned to the Rockets in 2015-16, averaging 5.9 points and 35.6 percent from long-range, in 17.5 minutes of play. 

Hopefully he can return the timepiece.