The newest Milwaukee Buck, Jason Terry, had a range of teams that were seeking the 17-year NBA veteran’s services for the 2016-17 season.
But ultimately, Terry ended up in Milwaukee, and it was his former teammate, and current Bucks head coach Jason Kidd, who got “The Jet” to land in Milwaukee. Terry knew that when he got the call from Coach Kidd, he had to answer.
“[Jason Kidd] was all for everything that I believe in,” Terry said in an interview on SiriusXM NBA Radio. “And that’s winning, that’s becoming a positive influence in the locker room on young guys, and he values his veterans and he knows how valuable I am to him and the Milwaukee Bucks organization and to our success this year as a team.”
Once Terry heard the sales pitch from Kidd, his decision was simple.
“I just told him that I couldn’t say no.”
Terry comes into the 2016-17 season as the active leader, and ranks third all-time, in career 3-pointers with 2,169. The 2008-09 NBA Sixth Man of the Year is one of just 13 players in NBA history with at least 18,000 points, 5,000 assists and 1,500 steals, so his NBA pedigree goes without questioning.
The Jet is joining a young Bucks team that he says could be “darn good” and his veteran leadership and sharp-shooting abilities from beyond the arc should only help the Bucks this season.
“If you look at that roster, they are young, they are athletic, they are long at every position and they’re a tough matchup on any given night in this league, so I’m excited,” Terry said.
In the rest of the interview, Terry raved about the Bucks other free agent pickups from the offseason who will be joining him in Milwaukee and about the Bucks rookie class, and talked more about his past relationship with Kidd. You can listen to the rest of the interview here: