Calling Dallas his 'home' and 'heart', Kings veteran Jason Terry said in an interview with ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM on Monday he will not rule out returning to the Mavericks.
"I won’t rule out returning back to Dallas. It's my home and my heart," Terry said. "I bleed blue. I’m a Maverick."
Terry, 36, spent eight seasons in Dallas, from 2004-2012, before landing in Boston. He was traded to the Nets last summer as part of a package that included Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, then dealt to Sacramento in February with Reggie Evans in exchange for Marcus Thornton.
Terry appeared in only 35 games for Brooklyn, averaging 4.5 points and 1.6 assists, and never played for the Kings, with coach Mike Malone announcing in February that Terry would spend the rest of the season rehabbing in Dallas after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery in the offseason.
In the interview, Terry went on to describe Sacramento as in a "building process" and said "For me, at this point in my career, I want championships."
Terry is under contract with the Kings for $5.45 million in the upcoming season. The team could elect to waive him and use the stretch provision to prorate his salary over three years. But the Sacramento may not be inclined to cast off Terry, who could prove valuable as a three-point shooter off the bench.
The Kings won 28 games last season and sent point guard Isaiah Thomas to the Suns in a sign-and-trade deal last week.
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- Chris Johnson