May 3, 2012; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks shooting guard Jason Terry (31) waits for play to resume against the Oklahoma City Thunder during game three in the Western Conference quarterfinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at the American Airlines Center. The Thunder defeated the Mavericks 95-79. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-US PRESSWIRE

NBA Free Agency: Boston Celtics and Jason Terry Agree to a Three Year Contract

This may, nay, does, signal the end of Ray Allen.  Jason Terry, a perpetual sixth man of the Dallas Mavericks for the last eight seasons, has reached a three year agreement with Boston.

Terry is a capable scorer and shooter and put up 15.1 points per game last season in his 13th season in the league.  He shot 43% from the floor and 37% from three, and is capable of having big nights.  Signing such a shooter for the Mid Level Exception is a bargain, but there is one thing it signals to Boston faithful:

The Celtics are not getting any younger, and there will be no rebuilding.

Jason Terry is 34 and Ray Allen is nearly 37.  It is not a move towards youth or rebuilding a team, but a lateral move to keep the team competitive while they continue to press towards securing an NBA high 18th Championship.

Terry proved himself pivotal in Dallas’ championship run in 2011 and brings a lot of veteran experience to a team already loaded with it.  Truly, the Celts should not miss a beat substituting Terry for Allen, and may have even made themselves better in light of Allen’s struggles in the Playoffs and throughout his worst season in the NBA since his rookie year in 1996-97.  Terry outscored Allen last season, and very well may do so for the next couple.

But that isn’t the Celtics problem anymore.  Allen will likely walk to the Heat or another contender, while the Celts move forward with Terry manning the wing.  They do sacrifice size, but Terry’s the kind of player best suited towards coming off the bench, and reserve shooting guards seldom give the 6’2″ Terry many problems.  Terry is a capable defender and his blunders will be covered by the strong Boston defense, anyway.

It’s a great match.

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