Why the Dallas Mavericks Need to Bring Back Jason Terry Next Season

Karthik TadisinaSenior Writer IJune 22, 2012

Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Terry.
Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Terry.Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

One player that was a major piece to the Dallas Mavericks 2011 championship run is shooting guard Jason Terry.

Terry, who arrived in Dallas from the Atlanta Hawks in 2004, has become a mainstay along with teammate Dirk Nowitzki as the two have bonded together during their tenure in Dallas.

It has been a tenure filled with the experiences of both the highs and lows of winning and losing.

Winning the NBA championship in 2011 against the star-studded Miami Heat was bittersweet for both veterans who could never get over the loss in 2006. It took years of work but both players got a chance to celebrate in 2011 as all of their hard work finally paid off with the ultimate prize.

It was against the Heat that both Terry and Nowitzki ultimately lost to despite having a 2-0 series lead before losing four straight games and tearing a team apart mentally in the process.

Terry will be entering his 14th NBA season in 2012-13 and will become an unrestricted free agent come July 1. Terry would definitely be welcomed back in Dallas with open arms although it is not known what the Mark Cuban and the Mavericks have planned for the summer as of yet.

According to a report Terry would like to stay in Dallas but on a multi-year contract and not on a one-year basis. Terry holds a career average of 16.1 points and 4.7 assists per game, although it is his leadership and confidence in his shot that that makes him both unique and important to the Mavericks.

Hopefully the Mavericks can find a way to keep Terry and find a way to also construct their team for the near future.  He and Nowitzki deserve to play together in Dallas as they are the heart and soul of the team to this very day.