Jason Terry Signing Means Boston Celtics Have Moved on from Ray Allen

Tyler Emken@tylerkemkenContributor IIIJuly 4, 2012

BOSTON, MA - JUNE 07:  (L-R) Ray Allen #20 and Doc Rivers of the Boston Celtics look on dejected against the Miami Heat in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Finals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs on June 7, 2012 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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Yahoo! Sports have reported that Jason Terry is on the verge of agreeing to a three-year deal with the Boston Celtics.  

There have already been a lot of other articles that talk about how the Terry signing will help the Celtics.  I agree with every single one of those articles. However, I am going to talk about something different altogether.

This signing means the official end of the Big Three era in Boston. The Celtics have moved on from Ray Allen.

Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce are both part of the Celtic's roster for next season. The Celtics were reportedly in talks with Ray Allen to possibly have him return to the Celtics. Either those talks fell through or were not that serious, because the Terry signing means that Boston can kiss Allen goodbye.

Ray Allen would have been a bench player this year if he had been resigned. In fact, the Celtics began to make that transition last season, but then Avery Bradley got injured. Bradley is the Celtic's starting shooting guard of the future. Bradley is not the scorer that Allen is, but he is a fantastic defender and a heck of a lot younger. None of this sat well with Ray. He was publicly unhappy about not being a starter for the C's.

Jason Terry has been a sixth-man for most of his tenure in Dallas. Terry gave the Mavericks instant offense coming off the bench and should do the same for Boston. It will be odd seeing Terry do his signature "Jet" move in Celtics green, but I guess I will have to adjust. Something tells me we will be seeing it often.

In addition, there have been many rumors about Ray Allen not really getting along with Rajon Rondo. The truth of this rumor is a bit up in the air, but it is pretty obvious that the Celtics would stay behind the dynamic Rondo over Allen at this stage in his career.  Rondo is the kind of player you build a franchise around.

Allen was also stricken with an ankle injury late in the season this year. One of the best free throw and three-point shooters of all time often struggled with both late in the season. Allen will have to get ankle surgery and it is unknown if he can be the shooter he once was.

Simply put, Terry is younger and healthier than Allen. Jason Terry will be 35 when the 2012-2013 season starts, while Allen will be 37 on July 20th.

Celtics fans should be excited about the addition of Jet to their team. The transitioning Boston Celtics absolutely needed a player with his skill set and they got him.  

Ray Allen gave Boston fans a lot of great moments, but I do not think they will be missing him for long.


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