James Harden did not let Jason Terry leave the Rockets

Jason Terry has returned to the Rockets.

"It's official," Terry said in a text message to FOX 26 Sports.

Then in a telephone interview with FOX 26 Terry said guard James Harden refused to give up on Jason returning to Houston.

"No question, he was all over me," Terry said. "(Harden) basically wasn't letting me go anywhere. That was tough for me knowing how important I am to his growth and his development.

"You're not the main guy, but the main guy needs you. It makes it a lot easier to come back."

Terry mentioned that Harden made it tough on him because he had an attractive offer from the New Orleans Pelicans.

"It was tough or me because New Orleans presented a great opportunity to work with a young core that is on the cusp of doing some good things in this league," Terry said.

But the Rockets appear to be on the cusp of doing some great things in the NBA.

"You obviously see how close we are, and with the acquisition of Ty Lawson that makes us even closer than we were last season," Terry said.

"And we're healthy. A healthy Patrick Beverley, a healthy (Donatas) Motiejunas. I feel confident we are going to  build on the success we had last season, seeing how (Rockets general manager) Daryl (Morey) put this team together."

RealGM first reported Terry's decision to return to the Rockets on a one-year contract Tuesday night.

Last season Terry played in 77 games for the Rockets, starting 18, in helping them get to the Western Conference Finals.

He started all 17 of the Rockets 2015 playoff games, averaging 9.2 points and 2.8 assists.

During the regular season Terry shot 39 percent from the three-point line, fifth-best of his 16-year career, and his best work since the 2006-07 season.

Returning to the Rockets gives Terry a shot at landing his second NBA championship ring.

"That too in itself was a deciding factor," Terry said."
 


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