Ray Allen: Jason Terry Talks Should Not Steer Allen Away from Boston Celtics

Luis BatlleContributor IJuly 4, 2012

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Jason Terry might be set to join the Boston Celtics. But by no means should that signing keep Ray Allen away from Beantown.

According to The Boston Globe's Gary Washburn, the Celtics and Terry have agreed to terms on a three-year deal that would send "The Jet" to Boston for $15.6 million. 

"Terry, who officially can sign a contract July 11, will sign for the full mid-level exception that begins at $5 million per season. The Mavericks, according to the source, offered Terry more money per season to return but only a two-year deal."

Terry had to be intrigued by the Celtics' offer. Not to mention, it also guarantees him at least one season of significant championship contention.

In spite of the deal, Allen should highly consider staying with the team. The plethora of talent in the backcourt will be tremendous for this team next season should Allen return. And it won't be a situation where Allen is overshadowed by Avery Bradley or Terry at the position.

On paper, this is not an attractive situation for Allen as far as playing time is concerned. It was enough for Allen to have to deal with Bradley taking the team's starting role. With Terry, the situation is all the worse now. Right?


What makes this backcourt so special is just its flexibility. Both Bradley and Terry are perfectly capable of playing point guard minutes. Whether it's Rondo and Bradley starting and Allen and Terry coming off the bench, or Rondo and Allen starting and Terry and Bradley off the bench, Doc Rivers has the ability to mix and match as he pleases with these four.

There is no question that the four can work together. When they do, the Celtics will have as strong a backcourt as any team in the league.

The Miami Heat are also rumored to have interest in Allen.

The main attraction for Allen to go to South Beach is the chance to get a crack at another NBA title. Yet with the same team as Boston should be improved over last year. They'll have a healthy Avery Bradley, as well as the addition of Jason Terry and two solid frontcourt draft picks.

So there is no question the Celtics have just as promising a shot at a ring as the Heat do.

According to ESPN.com's Brian Windhorst, the Celtics are offering Allen $6 million a year. The Celtics undoubtedly have as much talent as any team in the league, which makes the move back to Boston all the more appealing for Allen. Make no mistake about it, if Allen knows what's best for him, he will continue to sport the green and white.