Way to go, Steve Nash. Now every soon-to-be free agent in the NBA is thinking about joining the Miami Heat.
OK, so it’s only Jason Terry for now, but still.
Jason Terry openly talked about how awesome it would be for him to take his talents to South Beach prior to last night’s matchup between Dallas and Miami, as the 35-year old looks forward to free agency this summer.
From Fox Sports:
“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.” But wouldn’t it be weird joining the Heat after the battles Dallas had with them in the 2006 and the 2011 Finals, the Mavericks losing the first and winning the second? Terry said it wouldn’t. “Not at all,” said Terry, who struggled Thursday, shooting 1-of-10 for three points. “That jersey has a logo on it. It says, ‘NBA.’ No matter what team it is (that Terry is on next season), it doesn’t matter. So I’ll be excited.”
One hurdle for the combo guard joining the Heat is they only will have available the midlevel exception for luxury-tax-paying teams, which is $3 million. But Terry, making $11.2 million this season, said he’ll “let what the market dictates” and didn’t rule out being part of a sign-and-trade. [...] “My main goal was to come back and retire a Maverick,” Terry said. “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.’”
Jason Terry’s contractual situation has been an issue in Dallas all season long, and he has no made no secret of the fact that he’s looking to get paid as enters the twilight of his career. The Mavericks haven’t shown any interest in giving him a big contract, which is understandable, as they set themselves up for the future, and a chance at making a run at Dwight Howard and Deron Williams.
Terry may think he would be a great addition to the Miami Heat — and he’s right — but they’re not capable of doing the one thing he cares about the most: they can’t really show him the money.