NBA Rumors: Are the Boston Celtics Crazy for Pursuing Another Vet in Jason Terry

Jesse DorseyFeatured ColumnistJuly 3, 2012

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The Boston Celtics are reportedly close to coming to terms in a deal with Dallas Mavericks sixth man Jason Terry, which could signal one of many things.



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

Terry coming to Boston could signal that the Celtics are ready to make Avery Bradley their full-time starter at shooting guard, which would mean Terry continuing to come off the bench. However, that would also mean that Ray Allen is more than on his way out the door; he's all the way gone.

At the moment, that seems like it could be an improvement, as Allen had multiple nagging injuries as the season dragged on, eventually leading to Bradley becoming the starter later in the year and Allen becoming slightly disgruntled.

Now it seems that rather than see if they can get a more gruntled Allen to come off the bench that they've decided to move on altogether.

Terry is definitely a good choice for the Celtics, even if it was their second choice, as O.J. Mayo proved to be too pricey for the C's. He was the second-best scorer off the bench (behind James Harden) last season, scoring 15.1 points per game.

What seems puzzling, however, is the fact that the Celtics went from a hot shooting guard going on 37 years old to a hot shooting guard going on 35 years old. Regardless of their stats, they're both old dudes.

It seems at this point that the Celtics are putting together another three-year plan, much like how the formation of their original Big Three was supposed to be a three-year plan back in 2008, although this new three-year plan may only last two.

Right now, Boston is deferring that re-building stage like a 23-year-old college graduate deferring his student loan payments, and we'll see if that comes back around to bite it in the butts.

While the Celtics seem to have put together a strong base for rebuilding with Rajon Rondo and Avery Bradley, there's no telling if those two will stick around after Garnett retires and Paul Pierce gets what should be his final NBA contract.

Boston could have made the choice to rebuild this season, working its guys around with sign-and-trades for draft picks or young players, but it has made another commitment to the team and the city.

Good times are here to stay for now in Boston' let's just hope it has a plan for when this plan expires.