This offseason was supposed to be one of great uncertainty for the Boston Celtics.
After watching their team make an incredible run to Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the eventual 2012 NBA Champion Miami Heat, Celtics Nation was faced with the possibility of watching the “Big Three” of Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Ray Allen be broken up after five years of tremendous success that included two NBA Finals appearances, and a title winning season in 2008.
With both Garnett and Allen scheduled to become free agents, fans were preparing to brace themselves for the potential loss of the two future Hall of Famers that they have become so accustomed to during the Celtics’ recent run of success.
Fortunately, Kevin Garnett decided to resign with the Green on a three-year, $34 million contract that pretty much ensures that the “Big Ticket” will finish out his career in Boston. The team also brought in two celebrated college players during last week’s NBA Draft in Jared Sullinger and Fab Melo, which, coupled with the resigning of Garnett, helped to alleviate some of the feelings of anxiety many fans felt heading into the offseason.
Then the team made what could become one of the most important moves of the offseason when they agreed to terms with free agent shooting guard Jason Terry earlier this week.
Throughout the last five seasons, Terry has been one of the best bench players in the league and has perfectly executed the role of “sixth man”—a role that is vital to the success of any NBA team, but one that is not often met with the success that Terry has had while completely revolutionizing the role over the past half-decade in Dallas.
Even though Terry is unanimously known as a bench player, this does not mean that he cannot provide a team with contributions equal to that of a starter. Since 2007, Terry has averaged at least 15 points per game in each season and was a key player during the Dallas Mavericks’ championship run in 2011. Terry is a player that any team in the league would be more than happy to have, and Celtics fans will soon learn to love the “Jet” with as much candor as any other member of the team in recent memory.
But one question still remains: What’s going to happen to Ray Allen?
After speaking with teams such as the Minnesota Timberwolves, Memphis Grizzlies and Los Angeles Clippers this week, Allen is scheduled to meet with the Miami Heat on Thursday. Many believe that the league’s all-time leading three-point shooter will decided to trade in his green jersey for the black and red attire of the NBA champions.
If Allen does decide to take his talents to South Beach, it will be a difficult pill to swallow for Celtics fans as they are forced to watch their beloved Jesus Shuttlesworth turn over to the Dark Side.
But I’m here to let my fellow Celtics Nation brethren know that it will all be fine. In fact, the signing of Terry makes the resigning of Allen a complete non-issue, and truthfully, the Celtics find themselves in a much better position with Terry coming off the bench next season as opposed to Ray-Ray.
Here are five reasons why: