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Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Jet's wishes: An extension and a hug

By Jeff Caplan

Dallas Mavericks shooting guard Jason Terry, who redeemed any all past playoff failures by capping a remarkable postseason run with stunning bravado in the NBA Finals, wants a contract extension.

Terry is headed into his eighth season with the Mavs and the final year of the six-year extension he signed following the 2006 Finals. The just-turned 34-year-old would like one more to avoid becoming a free agent next summer.

"It’s definitely something that I would love to see happen," Terry said in a phone conversation Tuesday. "Again, it gives me stability, it allows my family to know that next summer we won’t be off moving to somewhere else. So, that would be good for me. Again, the goal is to retire a Maverick. That is the No. 1 priority for me."

The question for Terry is when his agent will be able to start negotiations. All league business ceased when the owners locked out the players on July 1. Terry said he's confident he'll get a deal done that will keep him in Dallas for the remainder of his playing days.

Now, as for that other negotiation on the labor front, Terry expressed dulled optimism that a resolution will be found quickly. The Mavs are scheduled to open training camp in two weeks on Oct. 4, but Terry doesn't expect that to occur.

He'd certainly like a quick resolution for several reasons. First, he wants to get on with defending the title. Second, he'd like to get that extension done. Third, he'd just like to get back to a regular life.

Three of Terry's daughters attend The Hockaday School in Dallas, the same school the daughters of coach Rick Carlisle and owner Mark Cuban attend. The girls also play on the same soccer team. On top of that, Terry remains business partners with Mavs president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson. The two are involved in ownership of Which Wich sandwich shops.

The NBA has prohibited all team personnel from speaking with players during the lockout, and that includes in social settings, such as picking up your kids at school or watching their soccer game.

"We’re hiding, we’re doing hand signals, it’s just crazy," Terry said. "We’re at a soccer game last week, my daughter’s playing and Carlisle’s daughter is playing for the first time and he’s at one end, I’m way at the other and I’m just shaking my head. He’s doing the same. But, the feeling, the emotion, just seeing the smile on his face that hasn’t left since we hoisted up that trophy; I just want to give the guy a hug, but you can’t do it, it’s off limits.

"I will tell you this, whenever this thing [the lockout is over], it’s going to be fun for everyone involved."