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Jason Terry will no longer be Dirk's sidekick in Dallas, but he still can be part of another championship run.
The "Jet" may be taking the final flight of his career to play in Boston.
According to Yahoo! Sports' Marc Spears, the Boston Celtics will use their mid-level exception to sign Jason Terry to a three-year, $15.6 million contract. While Doc Rivers is still holding out hope that the team re-signs Ray Allen as well, according to Spears, the Celtics have made a pre-emptive strike in case Allen does not return.
Terry, besides Dirk Nowitzki, was the player who really helped Dallas defeat Miami in the 2011 NBA Finals with his perimeter shooting. The Larry O'Brien Trophy tattoo on his arm expresses his confidence, and his overall ability to make clutch plays. Assuming Avery Bradley is healthy and ready to be the starting shooting guard, Jason Terry will be ready to be the backup as he has played the sixth-man role as good as any player in basketball throughout the past few seasons. He definitely is a better fit for that role than Ray Allen.
While he is not as great of a shooter as Allen, Terry is deadly from long-range as well. He is also two years younger than Allen and is much more durable, as he has missed only 16 regular-season games in the last five years compared to Jesus Shuttlesworth missing 20 games last season. Terry has played some point guard in his career and is an excellent ball-handler, so there are situations where he can run the offense.
The one downside in Terry potentially replacing Allen is that he is 6'2'' while Allen is 6'5''. But considering his durability, athleticism and versatility, along with his experience against Miami two NBA Finals ago, taking Terry for a contract of three years for $1 million less per year than the two-year, $12 million offer by Boston to Allen, reported by ESPN, is a smart move. Plus, with Allen visiting the Miami Heat Thursday and the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday, along with several other suitors making offers according to ESPN, it may be best to make sure to sign Jeff Green and/or Brandon Bass, and hope for the best on the Allen front, though it seems bleak for him returning.
Grade for Boston Celtics: A-