Boston Celtics Reportedly Close to Signing Free-Agent Guard Jason Terry

Tim KeeneyContributor IJuly 3, 2012

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It may be time for the "JET" to fly east. 


UPDATE: July 3, 2012 at 3:14 p.m. EST by Tim Keeney

Jason Terry to Boston is official, although the papers won't be signed until July 11, which is when free agents can sign (via Yahoo! Sports' Marc Spears):

The Boston Celtics have reached agreement with Dallas Mavericks free-agent guard Jason Terry on a three-year contract, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

The Celtics will use their $5 million midlevel exception to sign Terry. The total value of the contract will be worth more than $15 million.

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According to Yahoo! Sports' Marc Spears, the Boston Celtics are close to signing Jason Terry, who has spent the last eight years with the Dallas Mavericks:

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

— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) July 3, 2012

Of course, this isn't yet a done deal, as Terry will give his current team a chance to counter (via ESPN's Marc Stein):

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

This is pure speculation, but there is a good chance this means the Boston Celtics are parting ways with Ray Allen.

The C's still have to try to lure Brandon Bass and Jeff Green back to Boston. Potentially adding those two, Terry and Kevin Garnett to an already high-salaried team (currently at $32 million) doesn't leave a ton of room for Allen.

It's a move that potentially makes sense, though. Terry proved last season—throughout his entire career, really—to have fewer injury concerns than Ray-Ray. Throw in the fact that Terry has thrived off the bench for the past four-and-a-half years, and this appears to be a perfect fit.

With the Celtics likely moving to a starting guard rotation that features Avery Bradley and Rajon Rondo, the biggest priority appears to be a guard who can come off the bench and immediately provide offense. 

While Allen could certainly do that, it is a concern as to whether or not he wants to do that. He has been a starter his entire career and never seemed comfortable in his four appearances off the bench this season.

Terry, on the other hand, loves being the energy, go-to guy on the second unit. Last year with the Mavs, he averaged 15.1 points per game in 62 games off the bench (he started just once).

After starting for the first eight years of his career, Terry has established himself as one of the best sixth men in the NBA.

Considering that's exactly what Boston needs, this proposed signing makes plenty of sense.