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Celtics Officially Sign Jason Terry, Pursue Courtney Lee

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The Celtics used their full mid-level exception on Wednesday to make their signing of veteran guard, Jason Terry, official. Terry’s deal will be worth approximately $15 million over the course of three seasons.

Danny Ainge had tried to persuade the Dallas Mavericks to sign-and-trade Terry to the Celtics so that he could maintain the team’s mid-level exception to pursue another starting caliber guard. The Mavericks signed OJ Mayo on tuesday with the remainder of the team’s cap space. It is believed that the Mayo signing killed any potential deal the Celtics and Mavs could have reached.

The Celtics will now look to convince the Houston Rockets to send guard Courtney Lee to them via sign-and-trade. If the Celtics are unable to work out an arrangement to land Lee, they are financially strapped and only have access to the bi-annual exception ($1.7 million) or veteran minimum salaries

With Avery Bradley likely to still be recovering from double shoulder surgery to start the upcoming season, the Celtics will be short on backcourt players. Ainge may elect to pursue Celtics’ free agents, Mickael Pietrus and Keyon Dooling, or others such as Josh Childress or Randy Foye.

Terry has averaged 16 points and 5 assists a game over his 13 year career and will certainly help the Celtics’ bench score points. In 2009 Terry won the NBA’s sixth man of the year award.

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