Golden State Warriors Rumors: Jason Terry open to returning for a ring?

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Rumors suggest a short-term marriage between the Golden State Warriors and Jason Terry isn’t out of the realm of possibility if the defending champs pick up the phone.

When you’re an annual contender like the Golden State Warriors, it’s easy to find past-their-prime playmakers willing to at least entertain the idea of joining your quest for an NBA title. We’ve seen this exact scenario play out with the back-to-back champs year after year.

Well, now it appears a certain 40-year-old sharpshooter wouldn’t mind getting a phone call from Warriors general manager Bob Myers.

Yes, I’m talking about Jason Terry, a 19-year NBA veteran is currently a free agent after a string of short stops with a handful of clubs. According to ESPN’s Tim MacMahon, a discussion with the Warriors could convince him to forego retirement for the time being.

Now obviously there’s no real indication the Warriors are interested in signing Terry. However, if an injury were to occur, it wouldn’t be out of the realm of possibility for Golden State to add a guard who’s connected on 38 percent of his career 3-point attempts.

Seems like a decent fit for a team made up largely of 3-point snipers, right?

Beyond the occasional shot off the bench, though, Terry doesn’t offer much at this point in his illustrious NBA career. During the 2017-18 campaign with the Milwaukee Bucks, he averaged only 3.3 points, 1.2 assists and 0.8 steals per game. On top of that, his 34.8 percentage from beyond the arch was nearly a career worst.

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Terry claimed back in April that he was interested in returning for a 20th season (via the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Ben Steele), but nothing ever materialized with the Bucks. Now, it appears he’s turned his attention to the Warriors, Los Angeles Lakers and Dallas Mavericks.

Golden State is an obvious one, right? Annual contenders, the Warriors have had no problem attracting proven players willing to sign for the veteran minimum. If Terry were to come aboard, that’s how he’d do it.

The Lakers also make perfect sense. Who wouldn’t want to play alongside LeBron James and his gaggle of rising stars?

Terry also spent a large chunk of his career with the Mavericks — eight seasons to be exact. Heck, the initial comment that we’re talking about was uttered during a Mavericks broadcast. You know Terry wouldn’t mind a return to his old club if they needed a seasoned shooter off the bench.

Regardless of where he’s interested in signing, it’s intriguing to hear Terry is still open to playing another season in the NBA. The wily veteran showed significant age a year ago with the Bucks, and probably has rust layered on after not playing over the last couple of months.

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For now, though, this is all just speculation. If the need for a low-minutes shooter arises, the Warriors could very well have a conversation with Terry’s agent about a potential pairing.