The Los Angeles Lakers have a few veterans on their roster, but overall have an incredibly young team. 17-year veteran Jason Terry saw their roster, featuring prospects like D’Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson, and Brandon Ingram, and thought they might be able to use him as a veteran leader. His fellow Arizona alumni, Lakers head coach Luke Walton, disagreed.
“I called my good friend Luke [Walton],” Terry told host Tom Byrne on Sirius XM. “I told him if he needed any help- veteran leadership, in that capacity, with an ability to coach at the end of my deal, then that was something I would be looking forward to. He utterly declined, and I respect him for that.”
The way Terry phrases Walton’s rejection is brutal, but it wouldn’t have made any sense for the Lakers to sign Terry. The team already has a backcourt featuring the aforementioned Russell and Clarkson, as well as returning veterans Lou Williams and Marcelo Huertas. The team additionally took on Jose Calderon this offseason in a salary dump from the Chicago Bulls in order to gain two second round picks.
With those five players and a roster that already has 16 guys on it (if we include the almost surely-to-be-waived Nick Young and as-of-yet-unsigned Zach Auguste), giving Terry any guaranteed money just wouldn’t be a wise move, and it’s good to see Walton is taking the job seriously and not letting his friends use the roster as a retirement home.