However, due to the trades of several key members of the championship team such as Tyson Chandler, Caron Butler, and DeShawn Stevenson during the off-season, the Mavs’ chances to defend their title this year were over before the season ever began.
A year later, the Mavericks could be in danger of losing yet another key member of their first ever championship team: free agent Jason Terry.
Terry, more affectionately known in Dallas as the JET., is up for free agency this year, and in the latest NBA free agency rumors, the 34- year-old shooting guard told the Dallas Morning News that he would love to stay in Dallas for the remainder of his career, however, he went on to say that he will not be content with a one-year deal. If he is going to going to stay in Dallas, they need to show him a long-term commitment.
“I am finally in a position where I can kind of predict my own future…I want to stay here in Dallas. That’s always been my goal. But it needs to be long-term. If they’re not ready to step up and do that, then I’ll have to make my home elsewhere.”
Rumors have been circulating for some time that the Mavs have been trying to make long-term cap space for the 2012-2013 free agent class, specifically Chris Paul and Dwight Howard. If that is indeed the case, it appears as though the JET would not be in their long-term plans beyond 2012-2013.
Terry, the NBA’s 2009 Sixth Man of the Year, was drafted by the Atlanta Hawks in the 1999 NBA Draft. He remained in Atlanta until 2004 when he was traded to the Dallas Mavericks where he has spent the last eight seasons.
Over his career, Terry has averaged 16.1 points, 2.7 rebounds, and 4.7 assists per game. Long considered to be one of the best bench players in the league, there is no doubt that if he and the Mavericks choose to part ways, he would land somewhere else.
For Mavericks fans, it will be hard to part with a player who has done so much for this franchise, but at the same time management has to look ahead to their long-term goals.
It’s a difficult decision to make, yet one that is made all the time in the world of professional sports.
It’s simply a part of the business.