Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports was the first person to report that the Celtics and Jason Terry are very close to striking a deal. According to reports the Celtics offered Terry the full mid-level exception worth $ 5 million and 3 years on the contract. The 34 year old shooting guard may have lost a step due to age, but hopefully playing on a team that is trying to win another championship will have a positive impact on him.
With this news, the Celtics are still in the running to re-sign Ray Allen, but now they have a replacement if the future Hall of Famer decides to sign elsewhere. If Ray returns, the Celtics backcourt is pretty much set. Terry can play both guard positions, and Avery Bradley can do the same.
Once this deal is a agreed to, the Celtics will have about $24 million left to spend on other free agents. Jeff Green has expressed that he wants $9 million, Ray Allen has already been offered $6 million, which then leaves about $9 million for Brandon Bass. With a team this deep, a lot of veterans looking for another ring may be willing to accept a veterans minimum.
At this moment in time, the Celtics are in a very good position. They are close to signing a very good offensive shooting guard, Kevin Garnett is returning, Jeff Green is close to re-signing, they acquired 3 decent rookies in this year’s draft, and lastly, they still have money to spend on other free agents.
I’m impressed with how Danny Ainge is running this team. The Celtics just need to add a few more pieces to the puzzle and then the roster will be complete. I’m already looking forward to next season, it’s going to be fun, and I have a feeling the team is going to be revived. Adding players like Terry may motivate the veterans on this team even more to get another ring.
October can’t come fast enough, this offseason is already feeling like 2007 all over again. Let’s hope we have the same outcome, another banner hanging in the Garden.