Report: Jazz Hiring Jason Terry As Assistant Coach

Jul 16, 2022, 3:49 PM
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Jason Terry #31 of the Houston Rockets celebrates a three-point basket against the Memphis Grizzlies during their game at the Toyota Center on March 14, 2016 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah Jazz are reportedly hiring former NBA veteran and Grand Rapids head coach Jason Terry as an assistant coach on Will Hardy’s staff.

According to Shams Charania of Stadium and The Athletic, the Jazz are finalizing a deal to make Jason Terry an assistant coach.

Terry played 19 seasons in the NBA before getting into coaching. He was among the long list of candidates that interviewed for the Jazz vacant head coaching position that ultimately went to Will Hardy.

The Seattle, Washington native was selected 10th overall in the 1999 NBA Draft by the Atlanta Hawks after a successful college career at Arizona, which includes a national championship. He stayed with the Hawks until 2004 when he joined the Dallas Mavericks for the longest stint of his career. While in Dallas from 2004-12, Terry helped the Mavericks win an NBA title in 2011.

In 2012, Terry went to Boston to play for the Celtics until 2013 when he joined the Brooklyn Nets until 2014. After the stop in Brooklyn, Terry signed with the Houston Rockets from 2014-16 before ending his career with the Milwaukee Bucks from 2016-18. Terry’s playing career accolades include NBA Champion, Sixth Man of the Year in 2009 and NBA All-Rookie Second Team.

In 19 seasons, Terry averaged 13.4 points, 2.3 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game in 1,410 games played with 679 starts.

He retired from basketball in 2019 when he was offered the general manager position for the Texas Legends in the NBA G League. Following one season in the front office, Terry joined his alma mater as an assistant coach from 2020-21.

Terry made the move back to the  G League to be the head coach of the Grand Rapids Gold, who is the affiliate of the Denver Nuggets.

This is the first reported outside hire for the Jazz since hiring Will Hardy. Reports indicate that Hardy is interested in retaining Alex Jensen, Bryan Bailey and Lamar Skeeter from Quin Snyder’s staff but nothing official has been released.

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