I love Terry but I feel like he's in the Schroder - Reggie Jackson - Bledsoe category of guys who provide a lot of value as a backup but would be unsatisfactory as a long term full time starter.
I was thinking this exact thing yesterday. Rozier can undoubtedly be a starter in the NBA but if he's any higher than your, like, 5th best player your team probably isn't going far.
While I agree that Terry is not a potential lead guard on a contending team. I will counter with:
You are not winning the chip if RW or JW are your best players too.
Even worse, they will NEVER agree not to be the main men.
While they will take the ball out of the hands of a superior player, even if you have him on the roster.
They will use 35% of teams space as well. 40 mil $.
RW (whom I dislike) plays PNR basically all the time, that is effective but simplified basketball IMO, 2-2. It has limits, it is predictible if you can't attack in any other way. No coach has been able to instill an offense in OKC. There is that 10 APG trap - since he is a selfish player.
JW (whom I like) acts like he is a 4 time MVP and 3 time champion when in fact he showed very little regarding winning basketball. He should have beaten us last year if he was that good.
His teammates (Porter, Gortat...) regard him selfish. 10 APG trap once again - selfish player.
Satoransky made his absence easy in the regular season.
Both of those guys can't or won't play off ball. Terry can.
That effectively makes TR better player.
He can accept his role.
Since there is at least proof for him to he can be a part of an offense that includes 5 players - all players not 2 or 3.
He might not be the best in the business, but he can be held accountable and hit a big shot and he will improve. I think that TR is a better, more willing defender that all of the aforementioned; Bledsoe, Jackson, Wall, RWbrook and Schroeder. That also makes him a better fit.
Better player, precisely more talented player in a salary cap league isn't necessarily a better player regarding team success.
And as a fan of a team first, I value and respect that more.