It wasn’t just another day for Jason Terry.
Terry not only celebrated his 40th birthday, but he reached an agreement with the Milwaukee Bucks for a one-year contract.
Terry will thus be the third-oldest active player in the NBA this season, just slightly younger than Vince Carter of the Sacramento Kings (he was born Jan. 26, 1077) and Manu Ginobili of the San Antonio Spurs (July 28, 1977).
“Jason’s understanding of the always evolving NBA landscape, his professionalism and his ability to still compete, have allowed him, yet another season in the National Basketball Association,’’ said Ryan Davis, Terry’s agent. “He is every bit as excited and enthusiastic about season 19, as he was his rookie year.”
Terry, who’ll be entering his 19th NBA season, carved out a nice niche for himself with the Bucks last season. He not only came off the bench and provided the Bucks with a dangerous 3-point shooter but was a highly influential figure for his many of the young teammates.
Terry, who signed a veteran’s minimum deal for $2.3 million, averaged 4.1 points and 1.3 assists in 18.4 minutes a game while shooting 43 percent from the field and 43 percent from beyond the arc.
Neither Terry nor Bucks general manager Jon Horst could be reached for comment late Friday afternoon.
Terry drew interest from several teams during the free-agency period this summer and, earlier this week, traveled to Minneapolis and spent two days there meeting and working out for Timberwolves officials.
But Davis said Terry had always hoped he would be able to return to the Bucks.
“Milwaukee was his priority,’’ Davis said. “He liked what he was able to do for the Bucks last season and he wants to continue to obuild on the momentum and keep it moving in the right direction.
“He’s a very happy camper to be back with the Bucks again for another season.’’