Yesterday, Ken Berger of CBS Sports reported that other NBA teams are beginning to ask about Jason Terry.
With injuries mounting, teams have begun inquiring whether Boston is willing to trade Jason Terry to get under luxury tax, sources say.
Jason Terry isn’t the only player being rumored to be traded to help the Boston Celtics get under the luxury tax. Marc Stein of ESPN reported that Brandon Bass and Courtney Lee are possible trading chips.
Deep down, Ainge surely realizes that he probably wouldn’t be able to get as much as he’d want back for Pierce or Garnett at this stage of their careers, even if KG ripped up that no-trade clause. So … There’s a rising expectation among some of Ainge’s peers that Boston will instead try to move out at least one member of the Brandon Bass/Jason Terry/Courtney Lee trio before the deadline to make getting under the luxury-tax threshold his February focus. The Celtics are nearly $1.5 million over the tax line for this season and on course to exceed it again next season, as well.
Courtney Lee is finally coming into his own so I’d hate to see him get traded now. Looking at the three players being discussed Jason Terry looks to be the most likely candidate to get moved before the deadline. Terry has struggled this season and his contract still has 2 years worth $10.4 mil. Brandon Bass is a possibility as well, but unless the Celtics get another power forward in return, don’t expect to see Bass in another uniform this season.
Boston still needs another big man, and if the Celtics can get a player or two in return for Jason Terry then Danny Ainge has to consider pressing the button. Ainge has said in multiple interviews that they will fill in the empty roster spots, and to do that and stay under the luxury tax, a trade must be made.