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According to a report by Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports, the Boston Celtics have agreed to a deal to sign Jason Terry. The Celtics will reportedly use their mid-level exception to give Terry a three year, $15 million contract. No deal will be finalized until after July 11, the first day free agents are allowed to officially sign an agreement.
The free agent shooting guard averaged 15.1 points on 43 percent shooting last year for the Dallas Mavericks. It was Terry’s lowest point total since his first season with Dallas (’03-’04), and his lowest shooting percentage since playing for the Atlanta Hawks. While he shot just 37.8 percent from 3-point range (51st in the league), he did make the second-most 3-point field goals in the league behind Ryan Anderson of the Orlando Magic. Terry was the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year in 2009.
Terry’s signing does raise the question of the future for Ray Allen in a Boston Celtics uniform. Just as the Celtics have been linked to nearly every free agent shooting guard on the market (OJ Mayo, Jamal Crawford, Nick Young, and Terry, to name a few), Allen has been mentioned as a major target of the Miami Heat, Memphis Grizzlies, and Los Angeles Clippers. Allen, as has been reported, will take his time making a decision.
The team had reportedly been interested in bringing back Allen for a two-year deal at $12 million, as well as adding another scoring guard. With the injury bug that struck the Celtics last year, and Avery Bradley coming off of shoulder surgery, Allen could provide the backcourt depth Boston desperately lacked last year. However, it remains to be seen whether Allen would be interested in returning with Bradley and Terry already filling out the roster’s shooting guard spots. Terry does have experience playing point guard and his ability to back up Rajon Rondo could open up the door for Allen’s return to Boston.