Jason Terry has revealed it was fellow Houston Rockets star James Harden that convinced him to stay with the team.
The Jet has returned to the Rockets on a one-year contract, and he said in an interview according to Pro Basketball Talk that his three-time NBA All-Star team-mate wasn’t going to allow his fellow guard join any other team in the league.
The 2011 NBA Champion said: “No question, he was all over me. (Harden) basically wasn’t letting me go anywhere. That was tough for me knowing how important I am to his growth and his development. You’re not the main guy, but the main guy needs you. It makes it a lot easier to come back.”
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Terry also received an offer from the New Orleans Pelicans as well. Here, he could have provided experience for the up-and-coming team and for their new coach Alvin Gentry. He decided to keep his services with the Rockets despite the Pelicans offering him more money.
From the 77 games he played in last season, Terry averaged seven points in 21.3 minutes per game. After point guard Patrick Beverley suffered a season-ending wrist injury, Terry was given a starting line-up spot late in the regular season and for the entire postseason run.
According to ESPN, Terry's postseason experience (110 career games) and his ability to play both guard positions were the reasons why the Rockets asked for his return to the team.
The Rockets made it to the Western Conference Finals last season. This season, the top of West is likely to include the Warriors, Clippers, Spurs, and the Thunder alongside the Rockets. A competive division that Terry will now be a part of for another season.