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Lots of interest in Jason Terry, but Mavs get chance to match

Jul 2, 2012, 10:52 AM EDT

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Jason Terry can flat out light it up. At age 34 he averaged 15 points per game shooting 37 percent from three. There are about 30 teams in the league that could use a guy like that when he is on, a former NBA Sixth Man of the Year and unrepentant gunner.

A few of those teams stepped forward on the opening day of free agency and cleared the Jet for takeoff, reports Marc Spears of Yahoo.

Mavs free agent guard Jason Terry getting interest from Boston, Grizzlies, Clippers, Suns and Mavs, source tells Yahoo!

Miami is not on that list, but you know they reached out to him as part of their “if you take our $3 million we’ll throw in a ring or two” sales pitch. It may not sound impressive on paper, but it works a lot better when Pat Riley delivers it.

So Jason Terry has options. But he is going to give the Dallas Mavericks the last chance to retain him, reports the Dallas Morning News (via I am a GM).

So as free agency got rolling Sunday, Terry and his representatives let the Mavericks know that they will have a chance to match any offer Terry receives on the open market, a source close to Terry said. As the source said, a tie would go to the Mavericks.

Of course, the factors here are how big/long the contract offer Terry gets is, as well as whether the Mavericks win the Deron Williams sweepstakes and tie up salary there. But this is a nice little bit of spin by the Mavs (true or not) to put doubt in the minds of other teams.

But Dallas gets the last word.

  1. md23rewlz - Jul 2, 2012 at 11:14 AM

    As a Mavs fan, I honestly don’t know if I even want Terry back. His decision-making is often questionable beyond questionable. Of course, sometimes that confidence (or whatever you want to call it) is a great thing, as with the 2011 playoffs. But too often last season, said confidence wasn’t backed up in numbers. He killed a lot of games with his stubbornness. If somebody else signed him, it would probably work out. I’m just sort of think/feel that Terry and the Mavs might have reached an acceptable point for both parties to go their separate ways. Love him as a player in many regards, but eventually every good thing must end. All that being said, they probably re-sign him, leaving me to anticipate another season of NOOOOO, NOOO, STOP DRIBBLING, PLEASE PASS IT TO DIRK AH CRAP.

  2. truthhurtstoo - Jul 2, 2012 at 3:58 PM

    1 hit wonder…… the Mavs that is.

  3. addictedzone - Jul 2, 2012 at 4:20 PM

    I wouldn’t expect the Heat to have much interest. His shot fits the mold but his personality on the court doesn’t. The Jet would be grounded.

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