Jason Terry Says the Lakers Turned Him Down

by August 31, 2016
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Jason Terry called up Luke Walton to inquire about the possibly joining him in Los Angeles this summer, and the Lakers’ new head coach said no.

Terry says he respects Walton for being up-front with him.

Per SiriusXM NBA Radio (via Lakers Nation):

“I called my good friend Luke [Walton],” Terry said. “I told him if he needed any help- veteran leadership, in that capacity, with an ability to coach at the end of my deal, then that was something I would be looking forward to. He utterly declined, and I respect him for that.”

The 38-year-old guard landed in Milwaukee, and wants to provide the young Bucks with veteran leadership.

Per the Journal Sentinel:

Terry believes his 17 years in the NBA will translate into a mentoring role with the young Bucks seeking a bounce-back season in 2016-’17.

 

“I think it’s very important,” Terry said in an interview after signing a one-year deal to rejoin former Dallas Mavericks teammate Jason Kidd, entering his third season as the Bucks coach. […] If you look at all playoff and championship teams, they have solid veteran guys to steer the ship. There are going to be times during the season when the coach’s voice, some of the young guys get tired of hearing it. That’s when the veteran leadership steps in and says, ‘No, we’re not going to go away from the ship. We’re going to continue to follow the right direction.’”

 

It will help that Terry and Kidd have such a close relationship. They played together on the 2011 Mavericks team that won the NBA championship, and Terry was on the Nets roster in Brooklyn during Kidd’s first year as a pro coach in 2013-’14. […] “I just knew if I had an opportunity to either play again for him or coach with him, I would take it,” Terry said.