Report: Boston Celtics Trying to Work Sign-and-Trade with Terry and Mavs

Pranav TadikondaCorrespondent IJuly 13, 2012

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - APRIL 30:  Jason Terry #31 of the Dallas Mavericks drives on Russell Westbrook #0 of the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game Two of the Western Conference Quarterfinals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs on April 30, 2012 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Oklahoma City defeated Dallas 102-99. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using the photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)
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According to WEEI, the Boston Celtics are attempting a sign-and-trade deal with shooting guard Jason Terry and the Dallas Mavericks, hoping to gain an advantage in landing free agents Courtney Lee or O.J. Mayo.

It appeared as though the Celtics were set on signing Terry to the mid-level exception, but now it seems as though they will try to bring Terry in via trade. 

Regardless of whether or not the trade ends up happening, Terry will be coming to Boston. The trade is merely a way to try to get around the salary cap. A deal would allow Boston to pursue other options with the mid-level exception—most likely Lee or Mayo. Both names have been linked to Boston over the past few weeks.

Terry's former team, the Dallas Mavericks, are trying to work out a deal with Boston that would give them at least something in return, possibly a second-round draft pick for the future.

This deal would actually work well for all sides. The C's would get their desired man and a chance for another, the Mavericks would get some sort of return for the former Sixth Man of the Year and Terry might be able to make a little more money.

Suddenly, Boston could come out of free agency with not one but two solid players to come off the bench in 2012-13.

It is simply a brilliant move by Boston, and it could end up paying huge dividends.

Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.