Terry, 43, spent last season as an assistant coach with Sean Miller at Arizona, Terry’s alma mater. He will now take over the Nuggets’ new farm team as a head coach for the first time.
Terry’s career spanned from 1999-2018. His most notable stretch came with the Mavericks, winning a championship in 2011. He played in every game that season, averaging 15.8 points per game.
Per Brad Townsend of the Dallas Morning News, Terry spent some time with the Mavs’ coaching staff during the NBA summer league in Las Vegas. Terry told Townsend that he was “observing” and looking into becoming an assistant.
As Townsend reported, Terry’s goal is to become a head coach in the NBA.
“Terry wanted to get on a path to becoming a head coach after an NBA career that included a championship with Mavs in 2011 and an NBA sixth-man of year award in 2009,” Wojnarowski wrote.
Added Townsend, “Terry, who had been an assistant general manager of the Texas Legends, accepted a role as an assistant coach at the University of Arizona in 2020. His No. 31 is retired at Arizona where he was a consensus first-team All-American (1999), the Pac-10 Player of the Year (1999), and a part of Arizona’s 1997 national championship team.”
The Gold began as the Anaheim Arsenal in 2006, before becoming the Springfield Armor in 2009, then the Grand Rapids Drive in 2014, when they served as the Pistons’ G League affiliate.
The Drive then rebranded as the Gold, and became the Nuggets’ affiliate, in late April.