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Dallas’ gunner Jason Terry says Heat on his free agent radar

Mar 30, 2012, 9:53 AM EDT

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Miami is becoming the team where veterans who are willing to play for less want to go to win a ring.

You can add Dallas’ Jason Terry to the list.

The Mavericks’ second leading scorer is a free agent this summer — he didn’t get a contract extension as part of Dallas’ effort to free up cap space this summer to go after a big free agent such as Deron Williams. That frustrated Terry, the former Sixth Man of the Year, and he will consider all his options this summer. Including the Heat, he told Chris Tomasson of Fox Sports Florida.

“Miami is definitely a title contender. For sure,” Terry told FOX Sports Florida before Dallas’ 106-85 loss at AmericanAirlines Arena about his interest. “(Team president) Pat Riley is a great guy and what he’s done with the organization is tremendous.

“No question, they need a veteran shooter, a guy who can score besides LeBron (James) and (Dwyane Wade), and they know they can count on. I’m a guy that’s been in this league 13 years, (averaging) 15 points a night, easy. Off the bench or the starting lineup, it doesn’t matter. So I think I’d be an asset to them.”

If Thursday was Terry’s job interview it didn’t go well, he was 1-for-10 shooting in the loss.

Terry is not alone in his thinking, Steve Nash also said he would listen to an offer from the Heat.

Because it has LeBron James, Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade, Shane Battier, Mike Miller, Udonis Haslem and others already under contract the Heat cannot off much money to free agents. Basically the mini mid-level and some veteran minimum contracts.

But if Nash or Terry wants to go to a contender, the Heat will have room on the roster. And adding a veteran like Terry — who in a lot of ways is a better fit than Nash in Miami — could make the Heat even deeper and more dangerous next season.

  1. baron30 - Mar 30, 2012 at 10:03 AM

    no income tax helps that mini mid level look a little less mini

  2. acdc363 - Mar 30, 2012 at 10:40 AM

    I love how most nba free agent headlines nowadays are different variations of “LOL I WANNA JOIN THE HEAT!”

  3. bj1980 - Mar 30, 2012 at 10:48 AM

    We love the guy, us in Mavs Nation . . . but there are days we all really wish Terry would put a sock in it. And based on how he played last night, there’re those of us who’d be willing to help him pack.
    -BJ

  4. canehouse - Mar 30, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    Seriously!? Come on… leverage is all that’s going on here.

  5. 1972wasalongtimeago - Mar 30, 2012 at 11:37 AM

    Um, thanks but no thanks. Your a dog that already had your day.

  6. artbyrob - Mar 30, 2012 at 12:14 PM

    no thanks to Terry, would rather have Ray Allen.

  7. scooper15928 - Mar 30, 2012 at 2:46 PM

    This is getting a little ridiculous. Not every veteran free agent can sign with the Heat. First Allen, then Nash, and now Terry? The Heat might not even have the cap to sign one of those guys, let alone all three. How many future HOFs and All-stars do they need before they get anywhere?

  8. fanz928 - Mar 30, 2012 at 3:11 PM

    Without Terry mavs wouldn’t win last year or even getting past the lakers I don’t get y won’t give him a extension

    • drunkenjunk - Mar 31, 2012 at 11:46 AM

      because he’ll be 35 before the start of next season. We’re saving cap space for free agency. He was a big part of last year’s title run but he’s old and overvalue’s himself. I’d like for him to stay but he needs to realise his value isn’t what he thinks it is.

  9. lakerluver - Mar 30, 2012 at 3:20 PM

    The NBA these days sucks!! MJ, Bird, Magic, Isiah would never talk openly about latching on to another team!!

  10. diablito0402 - Mar 30, 2012 at 3:36 PM

    Haha heat aint won nothing and aint winning nothing ok city younger more talented and more together hahahaha

    • drunkenjunk - Mar 31, 2012 at 10:11 AM

      this

  11. bearsandjazz - Mar 30, 2012 at 6:13 PM

    This is is beyond ridiculous…personally I think this is just cowardly. I used to love the game and watch religiously but watching Lebron and Wade, D-Will, Chris Paul and Dwight Howard make a mockery of the league and competitive balance is just sickening. This is like the highschoolers teaming up to go play the Junior High Kids. They know they can win and will act big and tall doing so. Cowards are ruining the game!!!

  12. diablito0402 - Mar 30, 2012 at 6:51 PM

    Well said

  13. crafttractor1234 - Mar 31, 2012 at 3:05 PM

    I hate the NBA. It has become glorified AND1. Punks who couldn’t be less grown up and appear to be motivated by cash, bling and cliquishness more than anything. The culture of growing these man-children from the age of 9 in AAU leagues, stroking their disgusting little egos until they are bloated and grotesque, has just produced a terrible and unappealing product. Of course, there are the jock sniffers like Kurt Helin and Company who participate in the circus. I haven’t spent a penny on the NBA in several years and won’t again until teams, and not individuals, are the promoted product. Stern has allowed it to get away from him and now he’s too old and out of touch to make the changes needed. Not until he dies or retires, with a new commissioner who changes direction, will this broken derelict of a league be made right. Knowing his ego, it’ll be death that separates him from the job. With the inmates running the show it’s only going to become uglier and more cartoonish in the meantime. I truly wish ill on all of those involved with the direction of the NBA in substantive ways over the last 15 years.

  14. furio2929 - Apr 1, 2012 at 11:50 PM

    Agreed. Ever since the Donavan scandal bout riggin games came out I’ve lost a lot of faith in the NBA. And then Crawford acting like an idiot didn’t help things either. Teams are making the scale tip to one side only by adding too many good players. I only watch when the Spurs play. Now that’s a great team.

  15. furio2929 - Apr 2, 2012 at 12:28 AM

    Terry goes to south beach?? Only makes the Heat a more better powerhouse in the NBA. I feel bad for Bobcats , bucks, raptors ect…. On the other hand, I was a big NBA fan until the Donavan ( ref) scandal

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