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Report: Kings finalizing deal to trade Jason Terry to Rockets

Aug 31, 2014, 5:31 PM EDT

Newly acquired Brooklyn Net's NBA player Jason Terry smiles as he is introduced to the media during a news conference in Brooklyn Reuters

Jason Terry was traded to the Kings in a deadline deal last season, but he never played a game in Sacramento, and now it appears as though he never will.

Terry came over from Brooklyn as part of the deal that sent Marcus Thornton to the Nets, but spent the remainder of the year away from the team, rehabilitating from injury. He had hoped for a buyout of his contract, but Sacramento preferred to hang onto him, while giving the younger players on the roster the chance to develop by playing them the bulk of the minutes.

Terry was always better-suited to join a contender at this stage of his career, and he’ll now get that chance in Houston.

From Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

Sacramento is finalizing a deal to send guard Jason Terry to the Houston Rockets, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.

Houston will send package of non-guaranteed contracts to Kings, including Alonzo Gee, sources said. Kings sending future second to Rockets.

It’s now two second round picks that will be headed back to Sacramento, reports Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle and later confirmed by Wojnarowski.

Terry averaged career lows in points (4.5), field goal percentage (36.2) and minutes played (16.3) for the Nets in 35 appearances, and scored in double figures only six times. He may not have been right physically, and taking the second half of last season off could help him regain his form, to where he can once again become a viable contributor off the bench.

It’s a low-risk move for the Rockets to try to add some relatively inexpensive veteran help, even if it doesn’t end up panning out. Terry is in the final year of his contract, one that will pay him just over $5.8 million next season.

  1. sportsfan18 - Aug 31, 2014 at 5:51 PM

    Calling Houston a contender is a liberal use of the word…


    Those are the top 3 seeds in the West. Other teams are going to be fighting for the last 1st round home playoff match up as the 4 seed.

    Teams like the following will be battling for the 4 seed:


    Houston needs a lot to go right for them to hand with the Warriors and Trailblazers after their current off season this summer.

    Houston will be in the 6 seed range.


    The Pelicans have a decent shot at the 8 seed too due to how darn good A. Davis is. Gordon, if healthy is pretty good. Know he has a bad reputation and lots of it is deserved but if he’s healthy and playing well, that will help them.

    • 1forest1 - Aug 31, 2014 at 6:26 PM

      I think the rockets are on par with the Warriors and Blazers. Harden is only getting better and more experienced. Sure they lost some role players but Beverly, Ariza, and Jones are great role players around Dwight and Harden. I think this team will be hungrier after that first round exit of Lilliard’s buzzer beater.The chemistry will be better too. But overall I agree with you, as of now I only see the Spurs, Clips, and Thunder making it out of the west.

    • ddarqwon - Aug 31, 2014 at 8:06 PM

      The Rockets were a top 4 team in the West in only their first season together, half of which was spent adjusting their rotation and incorporating Dwight Howard.
      They were 35-14 (.714) after the new year.

      I don’t think it’s unreasonable to expect they will be as good if not better with a year together under their belt and considering they return essential the same starting lineup (replacing Parsons with Ariza). Not to mention the expected growth of key players like Harden and Terrence Jones.

      The only real question about the Rockets is how well they will be able to flesh out their bench, which at the moment is heavy with unproven talent.

      I expect the top of the West will remain the same teams with maybe a couple changing position.
      The lower seeds with be a wrestling match all season between: Golden State, Memphis, Dallas, Portland, Phoenix, and New Orleans.

      All of this is barring any major injury, of course.

    • maki20000 - Sep 1, 2014 at 12:20 AM

      what about memphis and denver?

    • blogsk3tball - Sep 1, 2014 at 1:13 AM

      I’d have the Mavs with the top group. If not, then above the Warriors and Blazers in their own second group.

  2. Hard On For Harden - Aug 31, 2014 at 6:41 PM

    Low risk, plus the veteran leadership is needed if nothing else.

    • Hard On For Harden - Aug 31, 2014 at 10:08 PM

      Major props for the instantaneous thumbs down to everyone’s favorite lowlife 50 year old know nothing sportsfan18. Rationality and grammar are great tools, unfortunately you’ve yet to adopt these at your advanced age. Get a life, stop googling all of your “stats” and taking an hour for your posts, and get a freaking life.

      • duhwighthoward - Sep 1, 2014 at 12:10 PM


  3. seasickcecil - Aug 31, 2014 at 6:42 PM

    Since June, Alonzo Gee has been member of Cavs, Pelicans, Rockets & now (per Yahoo report) Kings.

  4. jvw1982 - Aug 31, 2014 at 7:11 PM

    Terry is done, he is only collecting paychecks at this time….no quickness, defensive liability and doesn’t have his killer outside shooting to help him….Houston should hang onto the picks and their money and wait for a better option down the road

    • ddarqwon - Aug 31, 2014 at 7:27 PM

      Houston is receiving the picks in this deal as well as Terry, and all in exchange for players that weren’t going to make their roster anyway.

      Even if Terry has nothing left as expected, the Rockets consolidate some their non-guaranteed contracts into a near 6 million expiring contract in addition to the draft picks.
      It is the very definition of a low risk deal.

      • ecnuob51 - Aug 31, 2014 at 10:36 PM

        Yup. Still not better than the warriors or blazers. At least they have the defense to neutralize harden and Howard. They cannot stop curry Thompson lillard or Aldridge.

  5. imthedudedude - Aug 31, 2014 at 7:15 PM

    He’s ONLY making 5.8 mil!?!? Hahaha ok and so he is making more than Nick Young (lakers) Jamal Crawford (clippers), Danny Green (Spurs) and Thabo Sefolosha ( now ATL)

  6. ProBasketballPundit - Aug 31, 2014 at 8:17 PM

    Does he have a Rockets championship trophy tattoo yet?

  7. mungman69 - Sep 1, 2014 at 5:50 AM

    Boy, the West has a lotta good teams. I believe that any one of six or seven teams can come out of the West but it’s three tops in the East.

  8. asimonetti88 - Sep 1, 2014 at 2:58 PM

    Big 3!

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