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Jason Terry says he will play next season, his 17th in NBA

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Jason Terry stayed healthy this season, but still looks like a guy who has played 16 NBA seasons at times — he’s not got a lot left defensively, he’s not going to create shots for others. What he can do is shoot the three ball — 9.8 attempts from beyond the arc per game this season and he shot 39 percent of them. In the Houston scheme, that has value.

Terry will be a free agent this summer with a few options — more than just Houston could use a shooter off the bench — and that will bring him back for a 17th season, he told Marc Stein of ESPN.

“One hundred percent,” Terry said before Monday’s tipoff.

The Rockets are expected to re-sign Terry to a new deal (he is making $5.8 million this season).

If he’s used in the aging shooter role on the court and veteran locker room presence off it, bringing him back for another season for a few million makes sense.

The problem for Houston is that Terry has been forced to start with the injury to Patrick Beverley — against the Golden State backcourt of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson it’s a defensive issue. Still, expect to see Terry back for at least one more season in Rockets’ red.

 

PBT Podcast: We’re back (finally), talking Curry, Harden, and what should be a Flagrant Foul

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We’re back.

The ProBasketballTalk Podcast has returned to NBCSports.com, with PBT’s Kurt Helin and NBCSports’ Dominic Ridgard talking all things NBA. Expect a couple podcasts a week from the entire PBT crew now through the peak of free agency talking about the games, the free agency moves, and bringing in experts — in the draft, on teams that are making moves — to entertain and drop some knowledge.

In this edition of the podcast talking about Stephen Curry’s injury and return, James Harden’s fantastic playoff run, LeBron James being LeBron, and comparing the Dwight Howard and Al Horford flagrant fouls. Plus, predictions for the upcoming games.

Listen to the podcast below or  you can listen and subscribe via iTunes.

PBT Extra: Will Dwight Howard’s foul on Bogut be upgraded to a Flagrant 2? Should it?

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UPDATE 8:02 pm: The NBA league office has ruled that there will be no upgrade of the foul, and with that no suspension for Dwight Howard.

I would like to not be cynical about this and say this decision was about what happened on the court and not making sure a star and key player for the Rockets is available for Game 5, but these kinds of decisions make it impossible.

3:59 pm: The NBA finds itself in the middle of differing interpretations of the same rule.

On one hand, you have Al Horford of the Atlanta Hawks being ejected after throwing The People’s Elbow on Matthew Dellavedova in the Eastern Conference Finals. In this case the officials ruled that: 1) The foul that preceded the elbow (with Dellavedova rolling into Horford’s knee) should not factor in the decision; 2) The blow to the head meant and automatic ejection.

Then in Game 4 of the Warriors and Rockets, Andrew Bogut fouls Dwight Howard with a two-hand shove and Howard responds with an elbow/arm fling to get Bogut off him that ends up connecting with Bogut’s head. Howard got a Flagrant 1 foul and stayed in the game.

For me, both fouls should have just been a Flagrant 1, no way Horford should have been ejected, but that does not mean up upgrade Howard’s foul.

But will the league do that? If this becomes a Flagrant 2 for Howard he will have exceeded the NBA’s technical foul points limit for the playoffs and will be suspended a game. Would the league really upgrade a foul and bench a star player in an elimination game?

Never say never, but I would be surprised.

That said, this speaks to the need for more consistency of calls, particularly on flagrant fouls (and fines for that matter, both feel more like roulette than a system).

PBT Extra: Horford/Dellavedova incident ups tension in Hawks/Cavaliers Game 4

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It feels like a playoff series.

Matthew Dellavedova plays hard. He also plays recklessly. He’s taken out Kyle Korver in the Eastern Conference Finals and then found himself in the knees of Al Horford in Game 3. Horford was bent and responded with The People’s Elbow.

Horford got ejected.

Whether you agree with the Flagrant 2 call or not (I don’t), you can be sure some of that tension carries over to Game 4 in Cleveland Tuesday night. I discuss that with Jenna Corrado in this latest PBT Extra.

Not that it will be enough to get the Hawks a win.

Report: Nets to shop Joe Johnson, Jarrett Jack in effort to get under luxury tax line

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Everyone fears the repeater tax — even McHale Prokhorov.

Under the terms of the current NBA Collective Bargaining Agreement, teams that pay the luxury tax four seasons in a row will fork over at a higher “repeater tax” rate for living above the line (something meant to punish teams like the Lakers and others that would ignore the tax line in the old CBA). That higher tax rate starts at $2.50 for each $1 teams are over the line (for non-repeaters the rate is $1.50 per $1). The rate goes up if teams are more than $5 million over the line.

No team has yet to pay it — but the Brooklyn Nets could be the first next season. Thanks to their ill-advised “buy me a winner so I can open Barclays Center” season, the Nets have been way over the tax line. Next season would be their fourth over the line (expected to be about $81 million), depending on what happens with keeping Brook Lopez and Thaddeus Young (both are expected to opt out and be free agents, the Nets say it is a priority to re-sign both).

To get under the line, the Nets may try to trade some key pieces, reports Marc Stein at ESPN.

It is widely assumed the Nets will explore the trade markets for both Joe Johnson (with his expiring $24.9 million deal) and Jarrett Jack (due $12.6 million over the next two seasons but only partially guaranteed in 2016-17) to try to get away from tax territory that way, instead of waiving and stretching Deron Williams.

In an ideal world, the Nets could rid themselves of the two-years, $43.3 million left on Deron Williams’ deal, but that will not be easy. Williams declining skill set and injury history make him hard to trade (the Nets don’t have sweeteners like draft picks they can afford to throw in a deal). If they use the stretch provision in Williams he’ll be on the books for almost $9 million a year for five years. Better to bite the bullet now.

Johnson, owed $24.9 million next season, also will not be easy to move at that price, expiring contract or not. Again, teams will want more as reasons to take on that salary.

Jack is owed a very reasonable $6.3 million next season and is only partially guaranteed at that same price for the following season. A lot of teams would be interested in Jack at that price as a backup point guard they can trust.

The Nets are in arguably the worst situation going forward in the league — they are old and expensive, without many draft picks thanks to their trades. Things are going to get worse before they get better in Brooklyn, especially if they start trading away salary to save money.