The Milwaukee Bucks have added a veteran presence by agreeing to a one-year deal with point guard Jason Terry, according to Mark Berman of FX 26 in Houston. Earlier in the week, Marc Stein of ESPN.com reported that Terry and the Bucks were in advanced discussions about a contract for the 2016-17 season.
Terry, 39, averaged 5.9 points and 1.4 assists in 72 games (seven starts) for the Houston Rockets last season. After spending the last two seasons with Houston, Terry told Justin Termine of SiriusX NBA that the Rockets were not bringing him back for this season. Now he joins a young Milwaukee squad.
“They are a young team on the cusp of doing great things and the Bucks have a great coach in Jason Kidd,” Terry said.
While Terry will provide the team with strong experience, the Bucks are at a surplus at the point guard position. They have already signed Matthew Dellavedova this offseason and he’s reportedly set to battle with Michael Carter-Williams at point guard. The team also has Tyler Ennis and Giannis Antetokounmpo, whom they used at the position various times last season.
However, even with a diminished role at an advanced age, Terry has remained a solid shooter. He was a .356 percent shooter from beyond the arc last season and holds a career .379 percentage. Terry will enter his 18th NBA season as he spent his first five seasons with the Atlanta Hawks before an eight-year run with the Dallas Mavericks and stops with the Celtics, Nets, and Rockets.
Terry will also reunite with Bucks head coach Jason Kidd, whom he was teammates with in Dallas and previously played under him as head coach in Brooklyn.