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Former champion Jason Terry a candidate to join Wildcats coaching staff

Jason Terry, Mavs

Retired NBA guard Jason Terry will have his first crack as an assistant coach, as he has been named as a possible candidate to join his alma matter Arizona Wildcats.

Per Jeff Goodman of The Stadium, the 42-year-old NBA champion with the Dallas Mavericks emerged as the leading candidate to join head coach Sean Miller’s staff as a deputy.

Before being picked 10th overall by the Atlanta Hawks in the 1999 NBA Draft, Terry played four years for the Arizona Wildcats from 1995-99.

“The Jet” was named Pac-10 Player of the Year and made the All-Conference First Team as a senior. The 6-foot-2 guard went on to become one of the most accomplished players in the university’s basketball program. Jason Terry finished 12th in career points (1,461), fifth in assists (493) and second in 3-point field goals (192)

He is also the only player in Arizona history to finish with 1,000 career points and 200 career steals.

Terry’s number 31 was retired by Arizona alongside fellow NBA standouts Mike Bibby, Steve Kerr, and Sean Elliot.

Upon his retirement from the NBA in 2018, Terry has assumed the position as assistant general manager for the Mavs’ G-League affiliate Texas Legends.

Although this will be his first venture in coaching, Terry was wildly regarded as a smart and savvy operator during his playing days. He mostly played at the off-guard position, but his high basketball IQ also allowed him to play the point in the pro-level. This will certainly come in handy in his possible new gig.

Arizona, on the other hand, had high hopes entering the 2020 Pac-12 Tournament prior to its cancellation due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Wildcats finished with a 21-11 slate for the season (10-8 in Pac-12) to finish tied for 5th place in 2019.