Thursday, March 29, 2012
Jason Terry expresses interest in joining Heat
By Tim MacMahon
Jason Terry could see himself taking his talents to South Beach next season.
Then again, Terry could envision himself calling any NBA city home next season, as he’s already admitted that he feels like he’s “auditioning for 29 other teams” during the final months of his contract with the Mavericks. However, Terry indicated to Fox Sports Florida before Thursday night’s loss in Miami that the Heat are an especially intriguing potential option.
"Miami is definitely a title contender. For sure," Terry told the website when asked whether he’d be interested in joining the Heat. "[Team president] Pat Riley is a great guy, and what he's done with the organization is tremendous.
"No question, they need a veteran shooter, a guy who can score besides LeBron [James] and [Dwyane Wade] and they know they can count on. I'm a guy that's been in this league 13 years, (averaging) 15 points a night, easy. Off the bench or the starting lineup, it doesn't matter. So I think I'd be an asset to them."
Terry didn’t exactly ace this job interview. Wearing gold shoes to celebrate the title the Mavs clinched in Miami last summer, Terry had his worst shooting performance of the season, missing nine of 10 field goal attempts during a three-point performance.
Terry had his request for a preseason contract extension fall on deaf ears. He is dealing with the reality that his dream of retiring in Dallas isn’t likely to happen.
"My main goal was to come back and retire a Maverick," Terry told the website. "After no extension this past offseason, I figure it may be time for me to move on. But you never know… I would love to (continue) in a Maverick uniform, don't get me wrong. But we'll see what happens. …
“They said they want me back. But you can say all you want, you got to show me. Like Jerry Maguire said, 'Show me the money."'
The Heat won’t have a lot of money to show Terry this summer. Miami has three stars (James, Wade and Chris Bosh) locked up to lucrative, long-term deals, leaving the Heat without any space under the salary cap. The most Miami would have to offer Terry is the mini-midlevel exception of $3 million per season, a huge cut from the $11.2 million salary Terry is making in the final season of his six-year, $57 million contract.
That might present a problem, but Terry said he’ll see what the market dictates and didn’t rule out being involved in a sign-and-trade deal. One thing that wouldn’t be an issue for Terry is joining a franchise that he faced in heated Finals in 2006 and last season.
"Not at all," Terry told Fox Sports Florida. "That jersey has a logo on it. It says, 'NBA.' No matter what team it is, it doesn't matter. So I'll be excited."