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


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.