Rockets Bring Back Jason Terry on One-Year Deal
The Houston Rockets had put forth a solid effort to improve their team after making it to the Western Conference Finals a year ago. Per reports, they weren’t done touching up their roster just yet.
Jason Terry has decided to re-sign with the Houston Rockets on a 1-year deal, league sources tell RealGM. New Orleans made strong push.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) August 19, 2015
Jason Terry enjoyed a strong run with the Rockets during the 2014-15 NBA season, as he served as solid depth and a floor spacer off the bench. Even at 37 years of age, Terry remained a lights out three-pointer shooter (39%) for Houston last year and played a key role in their deep playoff run. No one saw the injury to starting point guard Patrick Beverley coming, and before the Rockets knew it, they were leaning on a combination of Terry and Pablo Prigioni on a nightly basis. Terry understandably provided some offense as he’s always been known to do, but also responded as a play-maker in spurts and came up with several key shots during the playoffs.
As nice as Terry’s role was a season ago, the Rockets aren’t bringing Terry back to depend on him during a title run. Instead, he’s part of the process of filling out the roster with capable veteran pieces that can both lead in practice and on the sideline, and also help in a pinch on the floor. Terry proved he can do both last season, and for the 2015-16 NBA season he’ll be asked to hinge himself again specifically to that leadership role.
Houston has already put the foundation down for a successful squad, as the team swung a big trade for star point guard Ty Lawson and drafted nice depth in Sam Dekker and Montrezl Harrell. Like Terry, however, those rookies weren’t added to be major factors this year, but to help fill out the roster and provide depth. Marcus Thornton was even added as a three-point threat to help take defensive focus off of Lawson, James Harden and Dwight Howard.
At first glance, the re-signing of Jason Terry looks like a small move, but as Houston saw last year, injuries can come in numbers and if ill prepared, even the best teams can be worn down by a lack of depth. With Terry in town, the Rockets are three point guards deep and have two three-point specialists riding their bench, just waiting for the opportunity to hit a big shot.
In addition to this being a solid depth move, it’s also a good strategy move considering the New Orleans Pelicans were rumored to be very close to a deal with Terry. The Pelicans lack top shelf point guard depth and stealing Terry away from a divisional rival could end up being a bigger move than simply securing their own depth. Only time will tell what kind of an impact Terry has this year, but at the very worst adding Terry back gives Houston excellent depth and puts them in a great spot to get the 2015-16 NBA season going.
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