The two biggest issues that the Indiana Pacers had down the stretch last season were perimeter shooting and scoring off of the bench. There are some options out there on the free agent market that would make a lot of sense, but one name not in the free agent market in particular is Jason Terry. Terry was traded from the Brooklyn Nets to the Sacramento Kings last season, and will likely be on the trade block this offseason.
Could the Pacers look to make a trade for Terry? It likely wouldn’t cost too terribly much with the Kings being a young, re-building team and Terry not looking to play for anyone other than a contender. The Pacers could offer a fairly small return and likely get the Kings to bite.
Terry played in just 35 games last season with the Nets before being traded to the Kings. He didn’t set foot on the court in Sacramento, and he didn’t seem all that excited about the prospect of playing for them. In those 35 games with Brooklyn, he averaged just 4.5 points and 1.6 assists per game. His shot was very inconsistent to start the season, but he began becoming more of a threat as the season went on.
All that being said, the Pacers would not be able to depend on Terry to be a double figure scorer each and every game, but he would give them that threat every night. Terry would add a great veteran leader to the locker room as well, and that could be the type of thing needed following last seasons late season collapse. Frank Vogel would love to have a three-point threat like Terry, but his defense might bring up some issues.
Overall, it wouldn’t be too surprising to see the Pacers touch base with the Kings about a trade for Terry. He fits the needs off of the bench that Indiana has, and his presence in the locker room would be a good thing. This is certainly a possibility for the Pacers that is intriguing to think about.