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Report: Jason Terry reaches deal with Boston Celtics

Jul 3, 2012, 3:25 PM EDT

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UPDATE 3:25 pm: And it is finalized, according to Marc Spears of YahooJason Terry will be a Celtic for three years, $15 million total — the mid-level exception.

Dallas reportedly offered more money per year but only a two-year deal, Terry decided to take the extra year.

The question now is now does this signing of a two-guard sixth man influence Ray Allen‘s decision. Boston still wants him back, and has offered him more money than any other location, but if he wants more minutes this isn’t going to draw him back to Boston.

2:49 pm: The Boston Celtics offense needs a boost — they were 27th in the league in points per possession last season. (If you are frightened by the NBA’s new math the Celtics were 26th in points per game.)

Jason Terry would help that. A lot. And the Celtics may be close to inking the former Sixth Man of the Year from Dallas, tweets Marc Spears of Yahoo.

Celtics are in final discussions on terms of a multi-year deal with Mavericks free agent guard Jason Terry, sources tells Yahoo! Sports.

The offer is reportedly for the mid-level exception — $5 million a year for three years.

As we told you before, Terry has told the Mavericks he would give them a chance to match any offer. He likely goes back to them with whatever Boston puts on the table.

Terry averaged 15.1 points per game on 37 percent shooting from three last year. He is a guy fully capable of lighting it up on a given night. If the Celtics keep Avery Bradley as the starter Terry would be a big upgrade off the bench because he can knock down threes and create his own shot.

As Spears notes, the Celtics still would want to bring back Ray Allen. But would he return if he sees his role shrinking? The Celtics are offering more money, but would Allen take less money for more minutes and a chance to chase a ring in Miami? Do the Clippers become an option?

Lots of questions without answers right now, starting with would Dallas match the Terry offer?

  1. ccshocktalk - Jul 3, 2012 at 3:02 PM

    so if Terry goes here then you can count on Ray Allen going to Miami to chase a ring, or go to Lob City and try to spread the floor with his shooting, which would then open the lane for Chris Paul to Blake Griffin dunks. Interesting…i’d say he goes to Miami, spreads the floor there and they enter the chase for back to back rings and clashes against his old team for the eastern conference championship…and all this hinges on if Terry goes to Boston.

    • willthedolphinseverwin - Jul 3, 2012 at 3:47 PM

      celtics arent making it to ECF.

  2. moseskkim - Jul 3, 2012 at 3:17 PM

    looks like its official now. i dunno how terry will hold up towards the end of that 3 year contract but hes a big time shooter and gritty defender and will definitely bolster that boston bench with some much needed offense. bye bye ray

    • gmen4life33 - Jul 3, 2012 at 6:13 PM

      Nobody should be wondering “if he holds up” because this is an absolute STEAL. 5 million a year? Terry is a total game changer and shows up in big moment (Finals vs Miami). Fields just got a 3 yr 20 mil contract, Wallace a 4 yr 40 mil, Terry is a steal for C’s

  3. 13champlain - Jul 3, 2012 at 3:22 PM

    Wow…With a healthy Jeff Green, Avery Bradley and now Terry the Celtics are looking pretty formidable and deep. Terry fits the Celtic mold perfectly, he is like a much shorter version of Garnett personality wise. This does not necessarily preclude Ray Allen signing with Boston. The Celtics are a very legit contender in the East again.

  4. 1972wasalongtimeago - Jul 3, 2012 at 3:37 PM

    All I can say as a Heat fan is “YESSSSSSSS!!!!!”. I am so happy about this. Terry is a dog who had a light shined on him once. And that once was against us. It’s time to set the universe straight. Bring it on. We didn’t have unfinished business with Boston before. Now we do. I love it.

    And even if the Heat don’t sign Ray Allen, Jason Terry can’t sniff Allen’s jock. Boston got worse today. But if the Heat does sign Ray Allen, and it’s him against that fraud of a one dimensional big talker Jason Tery? Oh how nice is that going to be?

    • scalfor3 - Jul 3, 2012 at 3:42 PM

      wah this guy killed my team in the finals. ray wasnt staying anyways and terry is a big upgrade to their bench. they needed a guy who can create his own offense for that second unit and terry fits that to a T.

      • drunkenjunk - Jul 3, 2012 at 4:02 PM

        lol, I’ll always love Jet for doing what he did to the Heat.

    • dgbk - Jul 3, 2012 at 4:06 PM

      Shine on him once?? You still seem hurt by the finals where he backed up all his words against the heat over and over. He has been consistent coming off the bench for years, which is actually something Allen hasn’t done. If this was a few years ago I will agree with you Allen is wayyyy better but age and injuries have a way of evening things out. It might be splitting hairs but he is actually younger than allen Celts got better today lets not kid ourselves.

      • 1972wasalongtimeago - Jul 3, 2012 at 4:35 PM

        2010 wasnt the only finals he played against the Heat.

      • jjordannba - Jul 3, 2012 at 6:27 PM

        You mean 2011

    • j0esixpack - Jul 3, 2012 at 4:23 PM

      Spin it all you want – but look at the stats and you will obviously be surprised to see that Terry scored more points in less minutes and had more assists than Allen.

      Terry may never have been in the realm of Allen in his prime – but he’s been remarkably consistent, with points and assists not far off his 2012 numbers.

      Allen meanwhile has been in decline in recent years.

      How Terry holds up at the end of this contract – when he’s as old as Allen is now – is another matter – but for next season I would say that Ainge has gotten a younger, better, healthier player for much less than the offer to Allen.

      None of that looks bad to me (assuming Terry actually does sign with the Celtics and isn’t just using this to up the offer from Dallas).

  5. passerby23 - Jul 3, 2012 at 3:38 PM

    A sign and trade for Josh Smith will complete the puzzle if they can sign Bass and throw in a current and future draft pick. Hawks are cleaning house and need salary cap space. Celtics need another big with shot blocking and athleticism.

    Rondo, Bradley, Pierce, Smith, Garnett
    Bench: Terry, Green, Melo, Stiemsma, Moore, Pietrus?

  6. loungefly74 - Jul 3, 2012 at 3:40 PM

    great move by the C’s strengthening their bench. moves like this will put Boston back deep into the playoffs. I like the aggressiveness…they are in it to win it now!

  7. buffalowned - Jul 3, 2012 at 3:56 PM

    welcome to miami ray allen

  8. pmd5319 - Jul 3, 2012 at 4:07 PM

    Boston will be tough next year. Rondo, Bradley, Pierce, and KG. Along with Terry and Jeff Green, they will have much more offense. If Sullinger and/or Melo can just play solid, they will have the much needed size inside. As for the Terry v. Allen debate, 1972wasalongtimeago brought up, obviously over the course of their careers, Allen is a much better player. But in the 2012-13 season, I’d take Terry everyday of the week. I’m not a fan of the Celtics at all, but there is no doubt, if healthy, this team is a serious contender in the East.

    • passerby23 - Jul 3, 2012 at 4:35 PM

      Agreed. The need Terry provides is the ability to score for himself. You put him and Green on a second unit and there’s plenty of offense there. Boston is too reliant on Rondo to create constantly for everyone else.

      I still think Boston should try to re-sign Ray. If he’s unwilling, I’d like to see Danny try to wheel and deal to get Josh Smith. A Smith-KG pairing would be deadly and dramatically improves their shotblocking and offensive rebounding, amongst the worst in the league.

    • kinggw - Jul 3, 2012 at 5:15 PM

      Boston will be an average team next year. Right now they are the third or fourth best team in their own division. People are making too much of a playoff run that was more about fortunate matchups than Boston being a good team. Adding Sullinger, Melo and Terry improves Boston’s depth but I dont think any of those players is an impact player at this point in their careers. Terry has never been a better player than Allen and next season will be no different.

      • herrick8 - Jul 3, 2012 at 5:25 PM

        You’re making too little of an impressive playoff run. Garnett proved there’s plenty left in the tank. Pierce may be the most clutch player in the league (top 5 for sure). Jason Terry is a great addition to come off their bench and provide scoring. Avery Bradley showed last he’s a legitimate player. Jeff Green will contribute. Sullinger will contribute. Melo probably won’t be ready to play in big-time playoff games, but he has potential to serve as a rim stopper to give Garnett some rest. And the most important piece is Rondo. Say what you want about Rose, Paul, Williams, Parker, Westbrook, etc…Rondo may be the best point guard in the league. He has court vision unlike anyone else, can get the basket, is a tremendous defender and his outside shot continues to improve yearly. Plus, he’s got the attitude. He’s a never back down sort of guy. I’m not saying they will beat the Heat, but it’s not out of the question. They may be the second best team in the East come playoff time.

      • passerby23 - Jul 3, 2012 at 5:26 PM

        At this stage of their careers, I think you could argue Terry is better. And you’re forgetting Jeff Green who is likely to re-sign. IF they can secure Bass and Allen, does your opinion change?

      • jjordannba - Jul 3, 2012 at 6:32 PM

        Hold on, its either your a Hater or you just know little to nothing about the NBA. The C’s are the 3rd or 4th best team in their division that they have won for the last 5 years? A division that features the Raptors. The Knicks wont be better than Boston at least not this year, The 76ers are good but they aren’t better than the Celtics, and the Nets will better than they were but in the long run they wont be better than the Celtics either

      • andyhr17 - Jul 3, 2012 at 8:04 PM

        You’re not very smart, are you?

      • ishudbgm - Jul 4, 2012 at 1:32 AM


        Couldn’t agree more. When you mention the names of their players it seems impressive but you have to hope all of their players have a “great” day on the same day. The C’s barely went .500 (11-9) in the playoffs this past year. Its gonna take time for chemistry as well. Jason Terry can only shoot from the right side of the floor most nights anyway. Celtics probably finished 5th in the East at best!!!

  9. j0esixpack - Jul 3, 2012 at 4:12 PM

    If Ray Allen isn’t going to return the Celts might as well upgrade with a younger player, who averaged more points per game, and more assists per game, while playing fewer minutes than Ray Allen did – all for less money.

    I’d welcome Allen back too – but at that price tag, a few years older, with less points and less assists, I can deal with Allen taking his talents to South Beach.

    I’d say Allen is the better 3 point shooter and a slightly better free throw shooter – but points are points, and two years older is two years older.

  10. iamchris81 - Jul 3, 2012 at 4:37 PM

    I’m a Mavs fan and glad Jason Terry is gone. He can completely disappear come playoff time. I’ll give him 2 yrs ago against the Heat, but his career playoff numbers fall off big time from the regular season. He’ll give you a game or 2 but more often than not you’ll be yelling NOOO!! when he decides to fire off a random shot

    • 1972wasalongtimeago - Jul 3, 2012 at 4:44 PM

      Thank you. You want to judge the value of a player, look to the reaction of the fans of the team he’s leaving. Exhibit A. LeBron and Cleveland fans, July 2010. (Do I need Exhibit B?) Exhibit B.Joe Johnson and Atlanta fans, July 2012. Exhibit C, John Lackey and Los Angeles Angels Fans, November 2009.

      And Exhibit D iamchris81, Jason Terry and Mavs fans, July 2012.

      • passerby23 - Jul 3, 2012 at 5:28 PM

        Seems Dallas fans are mixed on Terry leaving just as Boston fans are mixed on letting Allen go. So….who’s the better value?

      • drunkenjunk - Jul 3, 2012 at 5:37 PM

        lol @ exhibit B and C. I live in Atlanta and nobody here thought in a million years anyone would be stupid enough to take that contract. In come Billy King’s incompetent ass and the Hawks have hope for the first time in over a decade.

        As a Mavs fan seeing Terry go kinda sucks. I’m gonna miss him but sometimes he has some head scratching moments.

    • j0esixpack - Jul 3, 2012 at 4:48 PM

      You know him better than I – but his post season stats seem pretty close to his regular season stats

      More importantly – both his regular season stats and post season stats from last year were better than Allen’s.

      Younger, better and cheaper. I’ll take it.

      • 808raiderinparadise - Jul 3, 2012 at 6:54 PM



      • j0esixpack - Jul 3, 2012 at 10:35 PM

        OK … WE HEAR YOU.


  11. redblue560 - Jul 3, 2012 at 4:41 PM

    With Avery Bradley out, Ray Allen nursing bad ankles, the Celtics did not have deep bench to cover this weaknes during the playoffs. With Terry in the mix, it just makes the bench stronger if Ray Allen is to comeback, and I hope he does for the C’s.

    Remember the Lakers team of the 80’s, their bench could be the starting five of another team. This has always been the problem for the celtics, good quality starting five but not quality bench to sustain the game.

  12. 1972wasalongtimeago - Jul 3, 2012 at 5:20 PM

    Over the past week and a half or so, there have been dozens of posts from Celtics fans saying how disappointed they’d be if Ray Allen signed elsewhere, especially in Miami, becaue he should have some sense of loyalty to the Celtics and their fans. Now that the Celtics have moved on from him, there hasn’t been one comment on the Celtics turning their back on Ray. Nor has their been one comment thanking Ray Allen for the unbelievable years he spent there. Believe me, as a Heat fan, he scared the hell out of me and gets all the possible respect we have (we respect Rondo, PP, & KG too, don’t worry).

    But there’s been a ton of love from the commenters here for Jason Terry. Jason freaking Terry? Goes 0-5 from 3, but then does the whole airplane thing when he makes it on the 6th try. Boston fans aren’t going to stand for that BS. With Ray, there was never a showboat. Never a hollow boast. My guess is that Celtics fans are going to HATE Jason Terry.

    • herrick8 - Jul 3, 2012 at 5:29 PM

      The addition of Jason Terry does not mean Allen won’t be back. It seems that the Celtics are trying everything they can to keep him. Doc Rivers definitely wants him there. The addition of Terry with Allen gives the Celtics more dangerous shooting options and if Allen does decide to take his talents to South Beach, then Terry can help replace some of his shots. There’s no replacement for the greatest three-point shooter in NBA history, but Terry is an able, confident outside shooter whois also a proven playoff performer.

    • scalfor3 - Jul 3, 2012 at 5:43 PM

      celts fans want ray back and certainly appreciate what he did in boston. but all accounts have indicated that ray doesnt want to come back to boston. he reportedly doesnt get along great with rondo and is probably ticked at doc for how the bradley emergence was handled. i’ll take ray back in a second, but if he wants out there isn’t really much we can do (we have offered him more money than any other team).

      as for jet: yes, he’s streaky and cocky. guys also a gamer. celts fans will appreciate a guy who isn’t scared to take the big shot, a guy who is a competitor willing to go to war for you. celts had a mediocre bench this season, a bench lead by jet and jeff green is pretty good. unless injuries really strike (aka something happens to kj or hondo) they will be better than the team that gave the heat a good scare this postseason

    • jjordannba - Jul 3, 2012 at 6:42 PM

      This all may turn out to be true, but sources say that Ainge is still trying to re-sign Allen in addition to Jason Terry

  13. ccshocktalk - Jul 3, 2012 at 6:31 PM

    I think the most important part about this trade or sign and trade or whatever it ends up being is finding out where Ray Allen and Steve Nash find a home.

    Jason Terry is a totally different player than Ray Allen, and kind of fits a role more like Rajon Rondo with a jump shot than a spot up shooter that will truly spread the floor to open things up for Brandon Bass, KG, Paul Pierce or Rondo to slash. In all reality I think they need a shooter more than anything, but he adds a different dimension that they were lacking…just curious what Avery does now that he’ll be the starting 2 guard.

    I would say Ray Allen should go to the Clippers and play alongside Chris Paul, Chauncy Billups, Blake Griffin, Caron Butler, and company…in my book they could use his experience, ability to shoot and if everyone is double teaming Blake Griffin that means an open Ray Allen. Granted LeBron and Dwayne would do the same thing…but for whatever reason my NBA intuition says he’ll fit better in Lob City than anywhere else…

    At the end of the day this helps Boston get more creative with their slashing, weakens their outside shooting, and helps push Ray Allen to another team.

  14. jeffspicoli803 - Jul 3, 2012 at 8:21 PM

    This is U.S. History, I see the globe right there.

  15. itsthemelman82 - Jul 3, 2012 at 8:52 PM

    Drafted front court… Fab Melo will run the floor w/ Rondo at point, they’ll be good to go on defense with Bradley coming back. If Pierce has anything left Boston might have another one in them.

  16. j0esixpack - Jul 4, 2012 at 2:04 PM

    Actually I think most Celtics fans would welcome Allen back as well, but we also applaud Ainge for ensuring that one way or another we have a quality sixth man next season.

    I had made a comment of this nature but for some reason it never showed up.

    I find it funny that Mav fans are acting like they don’t want this guy when players are the ones choosing to leave Dallas as mentioned in another PFT story… No one wants to return to a team being blown up

    It’s normal for such fans and management to act like they didn’t want a player who spurns them.

    Terry’s stats are clear enough. He’s an upgrade on offense and maybe defense for a cheaper price than Allen should he go elsewhere.

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