Milwaukee Bucks reportedly re-sign veteran guard Jason Terry

MILWAUKEE, WI - APRIL 10: (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WI - APRIL 10: (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images) /

The Milwaukee Bucks have reportedly re-signed veteran guard Jason Terry on a one-year veteran minimum deal.

While most of the Milwaukee Bucks’ activity for the summer has likely wrapped up with just over 30 days remaining until the start of the new season, there was one piece of news that was widely expected and had been hotly anticipated by the team’s fans.

After a stellar season with Milwaukee last year, in many ways it was surprising that the Bucks hadn’t wrapped up a deal with Jason Terry earlier in the summer. On Friday evening, reports emerged that a deal between both sides had been finalized.

The news was first reported by Gery Woelfel of the Racine Journal Times, and was confirmed minutes later by Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports who noted that Terry’s deal will be valued at $2.3 million.

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Due to a rule change in the new CBA, the NBA will cover part of that salary as a veteran minimum, meaning the Bucks’ actual outlay will be closer to $1.4 million

For Terry, the timing of the news likely couldn’t have been any better. The former Arizona Wildcat celebrated his 40th birthday on Friday, and will now prepare to play in his 19th full NBA season.

Terry ingratiated himself to Bucks fans last season by providing veteran leadership on and off the court, using his colorful and charming personality to provide insight and anecdotes about the team’s development, and most importantly, to offer meaningful contributions as a player.

The Seattle native averaged 4.1 points, 1.4 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 0.6 steals in over 18 minutes per game for the Bucks in 2016-17. In 74 regular season appearances, JET also shot 42.7 percent from three-point range and 82.8 percent from the free throw line.

Last season, Terry secured the record for the oldest player ever to play for the Bucks, and will now have further opportunity to extend it over the course of the coming year.

Although he’s almost certainly not going to be able to overtake those above, Terry can also use his time with the Bucks to close the gap between him, Ray Allen, and Reggie Miller at the top of the NBA’s all-time three-pointers made list.

Terry will offer the Bucks important cover at both guard positions throughout the season, while he’ll also inevitably be called upon to help in mentoring his young teammates in all facets of NBA life.

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A trusted confidante of Jason Kidd, Terry proved he still had plenty to offer as a player last season, and now his former teammate and current coach will just be hoping to see more of the same.