A source told Marc Stein of ESPN that the Milwaukee Bucks are in “advanced discussions” with veteran sharpshooter Jason Terry. The upcoming season will mark the 18th of Terry’s career, and the 10th overall pick in the 1999 draft has been stellar thus far.
Over the course of his time in the league, he’s bounced around with the Atlanta Hawks, Dallas Mavericks, Boston Celtics, Brooklyn Nets, and Houston Rockets, and has shown remarkable durability throughout his years. There have been 16 campaigns where Terry’s appeared in 70 games or more, including 72 with the Rockets last year at age 38.
He won a championship with the Mavericks back in 2010-11 and was named the 2008-09 Sixth Man of the Year when he averaged 19.6 points with Dallas.
Terry’s ability to shoot consistently from outside is what’s kept him in the league this long, and he’s had 14 seasons with at least 100 threes made, good for fourth all-time according to Basketball-Reference; with 2,169 downtown makes in his career, J.T. is third on the list behind Reggie Miller and Ray Allen.
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Milwaukee floundered last season after expecting to challenge for a middle-to-low seed in the East and finished at just 33-49. Terry fills two of the Bucks’ biggest holes: three-point shooting and experience. The Bucks were one of the league’s worst outside shooting teams, ranking last in threes made and 21st in percentage and, even though he’s not the player he once was, Terry hasn’t shot less than 35 percent from distance since 2003-04.
If Terry were to join the Bucks, he’d be the oldest and most tenured player on the roster–and it wouldn’t even be close. Mirza Teletovic is the oldest player Milwaukee has under contract, and he’ll be 31 in September but has just four years of NBA experience; Miles Plumlee is the only other player on the roster who was born before 1990, and Greg Monroe‘s six years of NBA experience make him the most tenured.
It’s safe to say that Terry would serve as a valuable mentor to a team that’s one of the NBA’s youngest and full of potential.
Stat courtesy of Basketball-Reference
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