The NBA off season has hit its full stride and for the Houston Rockets, most of next season’s roster has been formulated.
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And they were also able to bring back the hard-working and admirable Chuck Hayes.
All of these deals were going down but nobody has been talking about Jason Terry.
According to ESPN’s Calvin Watkins, the Rockets are unsure if they’ll be able to sign Terry because he is unsatisfied with the Rockets offer:
A previous report from KRIV FOX 26’s Mark Berman yesterday indicates that he is flirting with the New Orleans Pelicans — who have made a firm offer — in regard to a possible deal in the works in spite of the Rockets offer:
According to Eddie Scarito of Hoops Rumors, the Rockets renounced his Bird rights indicating that they wouldn’t be able to go over the cap to offer him more than about the $2 million of their mid-level exception to which that part was used to re-sign McDaniels.
The Pelicans can’t offer that much more either — they’re cap-space poor as they have a ton of contracts to commit to as well, leaving them with just a $2.1 million bi-annual exception that they can use on him.
So it’s quite puzzling as to why the Jet is being quite standoff-ish with his negotiations with the Rockets because both teams are virtually offering him the same money.
The Pelicans are a solid team on the cusp for great things but this current Rockets is championship-ready and he could be a big part of what’s going on.
I even talked about a month ago of him engaging with the Dallas Mavericks for a possible reunion.
With them not being able to land DeAndre Jordan, I’m sure as heck know that they’d be able to offer him more money than both teams as the franchise has gobs of cap space now.
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So Terry will have to make a decision and this one is clear — stay here and go for a shot to win it all.
For a guy that’s at the twilight of his career, I would think he’d want to give it one more shot rather than cash in.
But there’s no telling what he’s thinking.
Terry, 37, averaged 7.0 PPG, 1.6 RPG and 1.9 APG in 77 games last season. He shot 42.2 percent from the field, 39 percent from behind-the-arc and 81.3 percent from the charity stripe.
We’ll see how this plays out — go Rockets.