When the Sacramento Kings acquired Jason Terry last season, the thought among many was that the two sides would agree to a buyout. But the Kings apparently wanted no part of that.
For a rebuilding team, a $5.45 million dollar contract is a valuable trade asset and as much as Jason Terry may not like it, his money is going to help the Kings get better – or at least, that’s the hope.
While buying out Jason Terry may seem like the ‘nice’ thing to do for Terry, allowing him to sign with a new team and return the floor, there’s really not a lot of reason for the Kings to make such a move at the current moment. Down the road if they struggle to trade Terry, then a buyout could make sense. But right now the Kings need to retain Terry in effort to trade him, something that Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee says the front office continues to explore.
The Kings still are looking to gain roster flexibility by trading one or more of their power forwards and possibly dealing guard Jason Terry, who has said he would prefer not to play in Sacramento. The Kings say they have no plans to buy out Terry, who is due $5.45 million this season.
Pete D’Alessandro has previously stated a desire to acquire ‘overpaid’ but talented players, like a Rudy Gay, and Terry’s contract is must-have in such a scenario, especially given the Kings are over the cap.