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Jason Terry: ‘I’m a Maverick’

Jul 18, 2014, 1:44 PM EDT

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Before the 2010-11 season, Jason Terry had the Larry O’Brien Trophy, given to the NBA champion, tattooed on his bicep.

If you ignore similar tattoos he got with the Celtics and Nets, Terry – who helped Dallas clinch the 2011 title – is a true Maverick.

He’s spent a majority of his 15-year career in Dallas. He declared his intention to retire with the Mavericks, and he hopes they’ll someday retire his jersey. He even accused the Spurs of intentionally shutting off the air conditioning on LeBron James and the Heat in the NBA Finals, a dig at rival San Antonio any paranoid Dallas fan would appreciate

Terry on ESPN Radio-Dallas, as transcribed by Jason Jones of The Sacramento Bee:

“I won’t rule out returning back to Dallas,” Terry said. “It’s my home and my heart. I bleed blue. I’m a Maverick.”

Well, noooo…. Terry is a King.

For now anyway.

Terry is trying really hard to angle his way out of Sacramento, and this comment jams the wedge in deeper. He never joined the Kings when traded to Sacramento mid-season, and he gave incredibly accurate blunt assessments of DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay.

The Kings would probably be amenable to waiving Terry – as long he gives up a portion of the $5,850,313 he’s guaranteed next season. First, they might try to use his expiring contract to facilitate a trade, maybe for Josh Smith. If Terry is waived, his buyout is stuck on the books and unmovable.

If Terry is traded due only to his salary – like he was from Brooklyn to Sacramento – he can start transparently lobbying his way out of his next destination. For now, he’s focused on convincing the Kings to rid themselves of him and doing a pretty solid job.

  1. 4thquartermagic - Jul 18, 2014 at 1:49 PM

    He’s campaigning hard to get back on that roster.

    When you compare it to Sacramento’s, it’s easy to see why.

  2. bigx21 - Jul 18, 2014 at 1:53 PM

    We the Mavs will welcome you back as the JET for this season. And hope that another trophy will be added to your other bicep!!!! Go Mavs Go!!!

  3. patsmiley - Jul 18, 2014 at 2:03 PM

    He should get a tattoo of Mark Cuban’s lips on his neck.

  4. ecnuob51 - Jul 18, 2014 at 2:24 PM

    Yea that’s why the mavs let you go.
    I would understand if he was a free agent but you don’t do this while you’re a part of another team.

  5. 88heatnation - Jul 18, 2014 at 2:27 PM

    The JET has been on his flight for too long, it’s time to come back down.

  6. skardykatz - Jul 18, 2014 at 2:46 PM

    OK….Everybody listen up!!! We claim Jason “The Jet” Terry ONE OF US, a Dallas Maverick FOR LIFE!! I can’t wait for him to come home and to one day see his JERSEY in the rafters here at the AMERICAN AIRLINE CENTER!! Luv Ya Terry!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • norcalkingsfan - Jul 18, 2014 at 3:16 PM

      Feeling’s mutual.

      • norcalkingsfan - Jul 18, 2014 at 3:16 PM

        reply fail

  7. norcalkingsfan - Jul 18, 2014 at 3:16 PM

    Feeling’s mutual.

  8. ahash1 - Jul 18, 2014 at 3:30 PM

    wasent he a Celtic when they won the whole thing back on 08 ? You dont Tattoo the logo if it’s only about the ring !

  9. rrhoe - Jul 18, 2014 at 5:18 PM

    I really hope that SAC doesn’t accomodate Terry in any way,and while I normally side with a player the way he going about this is crazy. Not only didn’t he ever go to SAC(but was still getting paid) but he wants a buyout as long as he gets all his money.

  10. urodaddy07 - Jul 18, 2014 at 11:46 PM

    Mavs should offer him the Veterans minumum. But he will have decide to waive a good chunk of that 5-mil and I’m sure Sacramento wants to get something out of moving him as well

  11. kavika6 - Jul 20, 2014 at 11:35 PM

    The only U of A Wildcat I despise.

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