Jason Terry is yet again a free agent after completing his 18th season in the NBA with Milwaukee’s loss to Toronto on Thursday night in the opening round of the Eastern Conference playoffs.
At 39 years old and 223 days, Terry is the third-oldest player in the NBA. He trails only Vince Carter (40 years and 90 days) and Manu Ginobli (39 years and 272 days).
Terry is showing no signs of letting up, fueling Milwaukee’s fourth-quarter rally against Toronto on Thursday.
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His 3-pointer with 3:06 left in the fourth quarter gave the Bucks an 80-78 lead, completing an unlikely comeback from a 25-point deficit with 5:16 left in the third quarter.
Terry gave the Bucks one last gasp, connecting on a 3 to make it just a two-point game with 16 seconds left, but Toronto prevailed and eliminated Milwaukee.
Terry signed a one-year deal with Milwaukee for $1.55 million before the season. He has mentioned he wants to play in the NBA for two more seasons.
His career earnings during his long NBA career is more than $106 million.
Put this into perspective about his long career at the highest level — he has played longer there than when some of Arizona’s freshmen were born.
He made the third-most 3-pointers in NBA history with 2,242. He trails only Ray Allen (2,973) and Reggie Miller (2,560).
Terry has 18,715 career points worth an average of 13.8 a game.
He has played in 1,359 games, which ranks 12th in league history. He is only 31 games from passing Miller (1,389) for No. 10 on that list. Who could have thought Terry’s career game total would be more than what Kobe Bryant (1,346) played in his career?
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