Although it won’t be official until July 11, it appears that the Boston Celtics and former Mavericks sixth man Jason Terry have agreed to a three-year deal, according to Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports.
The Celtics will use their $5 million dollar midlevel exception to sign Terry. The deal will pay Jason upwards of $15 million and possibly even more.
Jason Terry averaged 15.1 points, 2.4 rebounds and 3.1 assists off the bench for Dallas this past season and was a key part of the Mavericks 2011 championship team.
According to Marc Stein of ESPN, Terry will give the Mavericks one last chance to counte-roffer before signing with the Celtics.
But source stresses that Terry will go back to Mavs to give them chance to counter before finalizing three-year deal, believed to be at MLE
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 3, 2012
Grade for Celtics: B
Signing Jason Terry all but signals the end of the Ray Allen era in Boston.
The Celtics may want Allen to resign, but with the Terry signing, Kevin Garnett’s new contract as well as the possibility of bringing back both Jeff Green and Brandon Bass, their may not be a lot of financial room for Allen on the roster.
With Allen more than likely gone and young up-and-comer Avery Bradley ready to take over as the starting 2 guard, Jason Terry will have to continue his role of being the key offensive spark plug off the bench on this team as well.
If Ray did return, he would be regulated to a bench role as Bradley is clearly a part of the Celtics long term future. It’s better to have a man like Terry who is comfortable being the sixth man for a winning team rather than placing your bets on whether Allen would be comfortable coming off the bench.
Jason has also shown a knack to remain healthy in his later years while Ray has battled countless injuries over the past few seasons.
The only downside to this deal is that Terry is clearly entering the twilight of his basketball career. Perhaps the Celtics would have been better off using their midlevel exception on a younger talent.
I suppose having a strong veteran shooting guard like Jason Terry is a good insurance policy if Avery Bradley doesn’t pan out as predicted.
Christopher Walder is a sports blogger and lead editor for Sir Charles in Charge. You may follow him on Twitter @WalderSports