With the Rockets only one game from playoff elimination, 16-year veteran Jason Terry is aware he doesn’t have many championship opportunities remaining in his career, Brian T. Smith of The Houston Chronicle writes.
“I don’t want it to end, obviously not knowing how many more opportunities I’ll get at going deep in the playoffs and making a run at a championship,” Terry said. “I’m going to leave everything I have out there on the floor. And I’m going to do it again, because I’ve still got plenty left.”
Terry will become an unrestricted free agent at season’s end. Here’s more from his current team in Houston:
- Fran Blinebury of NBA.com doesn’t believe Houston can win a title with the roster that is currently constructed. Blinebury cites James Harden‘s lack of supporting cast outside Dwight Howard, who has been inconsistent himself, as reason for the pessimism. The Rockets have roughly $54.4MM in guaranteed salary on the books for the 2015/16 season, as our Salary Commitment page shows. That figure doesn’t account for the cap holds of Josh Smith and Patrick Beverley. Re-signing one or both of these players will likely eat away at any available cap space, so if GM Daryl Morey is going to make significant upgrades, he is going to have to be crafty. Morey leads one of the most active front offices in the league, so a lack of available cap space shouldn’t preclude the team from making a substantial acquisition.
- Chris Bosh was nearly a member of the Rockets and Kevin Ding of Bleacher Report wonders what could have been had the team landed the All-Star forward. Ding also notes that while having Jeremy Lin and Omer Asik on the team would help Houston during this playoff run, dealing them away in order to secure the salary cap space to sign Bosh was worth the risk.
Eddie Scarito contributed to this post.