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Friday, March 30th, 2012 at 9:00 am  |  32 responses

Jason Terry Would Like to Play for the Miami Heat


by Marcel Mutoni @marcel_mutoni

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.

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  • ALD

    evry body selling they soul to play with the South Beach NWO, and dwill wants to play them…… HA FOOLS

  • ALD

    everybody selling they soul to play with the South Beach NWO, and dwill wants to play them…… HA FOOLS

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    “For me, personally, I’m playing for 29 teams. I want to stay here. I want to be here, but every night I’m on the floor I’m on a job interview.” — Mavs guard Jason Terry

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    These guys do know that MIA doesn’t have the money, right?

  • BRAVO

    i wanna play for the heat to get a championship

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    After that excellent 1-10 shooting ‘performance’ you just had against them, and your one dimensional game, diminishing speed, big yapping mouth, go ahead and join ‘em, JT.
    I’m sure Riley is orgasmic from anticipating you as the solution to his team’s problem, Mr. Delusional.

  • Justin G.

    Shouldn’t the Heat win one championship at least before people go walking in on their knees begging Riley to sign them?

  • Dirtybird

    Just expand the roster to 20, since everyone and their brother wants to go there.

  • timbo slice

    what a turncoat….
    what happened to great rivalries? now everyone just a bandwagon humper

  • dev0

    Here’s what I read: “Mark Cuban stripped last years’ championship roster already and I may be next. I don’t know what kinds of plans Cubes has for the future of this franchise, and I’ve always been loyal, but I feel like they don’t involve me. Now that I’ve accomplished what I wanted to in a Mavs uniform it’s not really about the money, but I’ll take this opportunity to let everybody know that I feel unwanted.” – JET
    and he’s probably right

  • Justin G.

    But it is about the money. He’s quoting Jerry Maguire so I’d say that makes it pretty obvious. He’s just not going to get what he wants because the money’s being held for a possible run at Dwight or DWill, as it should

  • Youngindy21

    I’m starting to think NBA players are just trolling the Public and have NO Real intentions of going to South Beach. I mean I’m pretty sure these NBA players know Miami doesn’t have the money to sign them yet they keep issuing these statements. Plus why would you want to help a team that doesn’t even Need your help when there are teams in East that could rival the Miami Heat and could use a player like you.

  • http://nba.com/celtics lights out

    @Justin, I think when he talks about money he just means he wants to feel valued, not necessarily that he’s looking for a huge payday. and I think dev0 is exactly right.

  • RickyRude

    Why is everyone so obsessed with the Heat? I don’t knock ‘em but not gonna give them praise either until their current roster wins a ring. To me, Oklahoma City is playing at a higher level then them, so are the Bulls (and that’s without Derrick Rose), heck even the Celtics would give them a run for their money in a playoff series the way Boston’s been playing after All-Star break. Yes, they have talent on paper, but there’s been too many games where Heat was absolutely dominated and looked flat. Just forgot to mention Spurs with addition of SJax, Mills and Diaw. There’s too much competition for them out there.

  • LA Huey

    You’re playing for a chance to repeat as champs for a team that’s been paying your handsomely (as a small, shoot-first guard that doesn’t play defense) for years. Focus on this season before you start fielding questions about your free agency. I understand it’s a business but this is just disrepectful to your teammates and fans.

  • abaci

    Lame jet, lame

  • Rich

    JT was just saying that to send his point across to the Mavs that he felt unwanted and unvalued after all those years he’s played hard for them. I couldn’t blame him for that.
    I can be selfish as a long time Mav fan of wishing to have everyone on the wining team last year to still play for the Mavs but I also trust that Cubes is thinking more of a long term goal.

  • Ash

    I would take JET or Steve Nash for next year. If I had to choose it would be the JET coming off the bench. Our bench scoring is in the bottom half. If we can get him that would be great. But I do wish we can get a championship now without any additions

  • Ldub

    JET wants to play for a contender towards the end of his career. Dallas wont be a contender next season. Dirk another year older and running up and down with greg oden knees. He looks like he is in so much pain. And who else would be there? VC? Kidd? Haywood? Its best for Terry to get to the east. If im not mistaken he had his best seasons in the L right there in ATL? (Correct me if im wrong). Do what you gotta do to get that ring. Id rather play with a all star cast and increase my chances of winning towards the end of my career.

  • http://slamonline Jimbo

    Jason Terry wouldn’t work for the Heat cuz he’s too expensive… I see Nash willing to take a smaller salary to win.

  • RunNGun

    LMAO It’s either the KNICKS or the HEAT now. Hmm, somewhere out there the league minimum sounds appealing to mercenaries.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Why do people assume Steve Nash would be more willing than Terry to take less money for a championship?

  • Ldub

    He wouldnt work because he is too expensive? its not a matter of money, its a matter of the chemisty and what he can bring to the team. It most definitely could work

  • http://slamonline Brion

    Cosign LA Huey

  • Eric

    It was actually Rod Tidwell who said “Show me the money” not Jerry Maguire haha.. also I think JT should show a little more loyalty at least while the season is still going on

  • shutup

    ^actually he (Rod) made Jerry Maguire say show me the money, but nice try. This is more a case of the news where no comment would of worked just fine, but Terry did this knowing it would either force the Mavs to show there position. What he doesn’t realize is Cuban is smarter than he is, and Terry is only going to get what he deserves and he doesn’t warrant a big payday, so if he stays a Mav he’s probably going to get below market value.

  • RunNGun

    @LDUB You’d be naive to think that it’s not driven by money. Money matters; otherwise they’d be as broke as an Antoine Walker-jizz-oke.

  • http://leipzig-eagles.de/ Speedy

    He could star in ‘Bad Boys 3′ if they have problems getting Martin Lawrence.

  • LA Huey

    shutup is right. He just let a good, defensive center walk this summer to maintain cap flexibilty and to avoid overpaying. Cuban has been reiterating how the market will revalue players due to the new CBA

  • IamYOU

    good info dev0, good info.

  • Rainman

    btw LA Huey, Dallas has their sights on Deron Williams…if Deron decides to head back home to Dallas…they’re title contenders. Also, even if not, MArk Cuban always finds a way to have his team considered as one of the teams to look out for come playoff time, as title contenders.

  • LA Huey

    Yeah, I know they’re going for Deron. So far, it looks like the moves they made will work out. If not, they’re still in pretty good shape to score a future free agent or make a nice trade.

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