The Sacramento Kings acquired guard Jason Terry on Wednesday and announced Saturday that he will be out for the remainder of the season while he rehabilitates his left knee.
“Our focus remains on reinventing this franchise and building a foundation for future success,” Kings general manager Pete D’Alessandro said in a statement via the team’s website. “Affording Jason time to rehab during the balance of this season allows him to return at full strength next year while giving our younger players the minutes and experience needed to help us improve as a team going forward.”
“I want to thank to Kings for their understanding during this process,” Terry said in the statement. “Through my interactions with the front office and medical staff, it’s clear that the organization cares about its players and has their best interest at heart. I’m confident that rehab presents the best opportunity to be ready for next season.”
The 36-year-old Terry had the worst season of his 15-year career for the Nets, averaging 4.5 points, 1.6 assists and 1.1 rebounds in 35 games, averaging 16.3 minutes a game. Over his career with the Hawks, Mavericks, Celtics and Nets, Terry averages 15.4 points, 4.4 assists and 2.6 boards per game. He was the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year with Dallas in 2008-09 and helped the Mavericks to their first title in 2011.
It’s hard not to speculate there is something else at work here and that all the bold talk about getting ready for next season carries an unspoken “somewhere else” behind it.
Or as Bleacher Report’s Howard Beck put it:
Kings announce that Jason Terry will spend rest of season rehabbing his knee. Nice way of saying he didn’t want to play there.
— Howard Beck (@HowardBeck) February 22, 2014
Yeah, something like that.