As you’re reading this, the ink is likely drying on the contract sharpshooting guard Jason Terry is reportedly signing with the Milwaukee Bucks. Terry will be 39 years old by the time the 2016-17 season starts, so the acquisition will offer little more than a veteran presence and a career 38 percent three-point shooter—who has drained more triples than all but two NBA players ever—when games are on the line. Despite the fact that Terry will be, at best, the ninth option off the bench and an ex-teammate for head coach Jason Kidd to hang out with, there is an exciting possibility the journeyman will bring to his new team: the chance of an active NBA player having a Milwaukee Bucks tattoo.
Prior to the 2010-11 season, Terry—then a member of the Dallas Mavericks—got a tattoo of the Larry O’Brien Trophy, which is awarded to the NBA champion, on his right bicep. As foolish as it seemed at the time, Dallas went on to win the title that season. Two seasons later, he signed with Boston, where he met the needle again. Terry’s left bicep tat portraying the Celtics leprechaun mascot holding the same trophy didn’t work out quite as well. He had a down season and Boston failed to advance beyond the first round of the playoffs. That offseason he was traded to the Brooklyn Nets with Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce. During his injury-shortened 2013-14 campaign, his only with the Nets, he pledged to get a “BK All Day” tattoo.
From there, he went to Houston for two seasons. Though he didn’t get anything Rockets-related permanently etched onto his body, Terry still has modifications to commemorate three of his five teams he’s played for over the course of his 17-year career. That’s a 60 percent rate! As one of a select few active players left who suited up in the ’90s, it’s quite possible Milwaukee could be the last stop in Terry’s impressive career. What better way mark his time here than a chest piece portraying a cartoon deer holding some championship hardware?
Even if Terry’s skin remains as is, he’ll join Monta Ellis on a short list of players who suited up for the Bucks while having tattoos of other teams’ logos on their body.