Speculation has run wild for months with regard to the strategy that the Dallas Mavericks will employ to return to a championship caliber club. One player who doesn't sound all that interested in getting caught up in the rumors is Mavericks guard Jason Terry. If the Mavericks try to do anything but retain him via a multi-year offer, Terry sees himself somewhere else, writes Eddie Sefko of the Dallas Morning News.
“It’s a tough situation. I’m finally in a position where I can kind of predict my own future, so to speak. I want to stay here in Dallas. That’s always been my goal. But it needs to be long-term. If they’re not ready to step up and do that, then I’ll have to make my home elsewhere,” Terry said.
The Mavericks have long been rumored to be interested in bringing free agent Deron Williams back to his hometown of Dallas. If that happens, it is unlikely that they would be willing to splurge on someone like Terry despite his obvious importance to last year's title run. It sounds like if that situation plays out, Terry will be wearing a different uniform in 2012-13.
“I won’t be here. You can count on that. If they’re doing that, you won’t see the Jet on the runway in Dallas. But my time here was good,” Terry said when asked about the idea of the Mavericks offering their free agents one year deals in order to maintain their financial flexibility. Terry added that he does however see himself returning to the Dallas organization in some capacity in his future.
Expect the situation in Dallas to remain one of the more compelling and therefore popular story lines of the 2012 offseason.