But after spending the entire night on the bench despite dressing, Brooklyn guard Jason Terry likely didn’t partake in that collective joy. And unless the Nets suffer future injuries in their backcourt, Terry can expect keeping his seat warm to become an unfortunate trend from here on out.
Either that or he can expect to be on a flight to a new city by the Feb. 20 trade deadline.
As respected as Terry has been throughout his nearly 14-year career, he has played virtually no role in Brooklyn since arriving alongside Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce in the mega-deal of last summer. In only 31 games this season, the 36-year-old sharpshooting veteran has averaged only 4.4 points in just under 16 minutes of action per night.
The outside shot is still there, as Terry’s average from behind the three-point line this season is 37.2 percent, but the overall productivity certainly hasn’t mirrored that statistic. Factor in Brooklyn’s success going back to January without much impact at all from Terry and what you have is someone coach Jason Kidd will have no problem reducing to a bench-warming companion for Reggie Evans.
Terry’s also someone general manager Billy King would have even less of a problem trading in hopes of becoming younger or shedding some salary moving forward.
It’s sad to think this could happen to the ultimate team player and a former champion, but the writing’s on the wall.