On his 40th birthday, shooting guard Jason Terry has reportedly agreed to return to the Milwaukee Bucks for what will be his 19th season in the NBA. As first reported by Gary Woelfel of the Racine Journal Times, Terry and the Bucks have come to terms on a one-year deal. It was reported by Shams Charania of The Vertical that Terry will make $2.3 million in 2017-18.
Terry’s return gives the Bucks a valuable veteran voice in the locker room, which has been key for a franchise that’s looking to build a contender in the Eastern Conference. Terry appeared in 74 regular-season games for Jason Kidd’s team last season, playing 18.4 minutes per game and averaging 4.1 points, 1.4 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game. From an offensive standpoint Terry did the majority of his damage from beyond the arc, shooting 42.7 percent from 3 in his first season with the Bucks.
Milwaukee is the sixth franchise that Jason Terry has played for as a pro, with his career beginning as a member of the Atlanta Hawks during the 1999-00 season. For his career, Terry, who was selected with the 10th overall pick in the 1999 NBA Draft, is averaging 13.8 points, 3.9 assists and 2.4 rebounds per game.
With Terry’s signing, Milwaukee will begin training camp later this month with 18 players, with two being two-way contract recipients Bronson Koenig and Jalen Moore. Also looking to earn roster sports with the team are Sterling Brown, Gary Payton II and James Young, with the latter looking for a fresh start after a disappointing start to his NBA career with the Boston Celtics.
Terry won’t be in that group fighting for a roster spot, but his return does make it tougher for those players to earn a place on the Bucks’ 15-man regular-season roster.