Kings won’t buy out Jason Terry’s contract but will be out of the season due to rehabilitation of his injury

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Jason Terry struggled this season for The Brooklyn Nets and was buried deep in the Nets bench.

He might not used to it considering how good his career was. 

On trade deadline, the Nets decided to trade Terry to the Kings as part of the deadline day deal that also saw the Nets send Reggie Evans to Sacramento in exchange for Marcus Thornton.

A veteran like Terry doesn’t exactly fit into the rebuilding Kings’ plans, and his inclusion in the package for Thornton was strictly a salary cap-related issue.

But unlike many others in similar situations who will see their contracts bought out and be able to catch on with another team as a free agent, the Kings plan to hang onto Terry, though he won’t be joining the club this season.

Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee reported that according to Kings coach Michael Malone during his weekly appearance on the Grant Napear Show that Terry will not join the team this season to rehab his injury Dallas in preparation for next season.

Malone disclosed that Terry had left knee surgery in the offseason and hasn’t felt right all season.

The Kings indicated they did not plan to buyout the remainder of Terry’s contract, which has one more season on it worth $5.45 million.

Sacramento issued a release on Saturday confirming what Malone had said. And it makes sense, because the numbers agree with the assertion that Terry hasn’t been right from a health standpoint all season.

Terry averaged career lows in points (4.5), field goal percentage (36.2) and minutes played (16.3) for the Nets in 35 appearances, and scored in double figures only six times. For a veteran near the end of his career that’s built a reputation on bringing firepower off the bench, that level of production isn’t going to endear him to a contending team anytime soon.

Sacramento not wanting to offer Terry a buyout for now is a fine decision, as is the one to allow him to try to recover physically — away from the team and its youth movement — for the remainder of the season.

The Kings has no chance of making it to the Playoffs again this season considering how tough the West is.

But the Kings are building chemistry for the next season with the acquisition of Rudy Gay in a trade with Toronto.

Playmaker Isaiah Thomas And bruising big man DeMarcus Cousins are also playing like All-Stars while rookie Ben McLemore has shown some potentials and now are starting  at the shooting guard spot following the trade on Thornton. 

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