Jason Terry Officially Inks Deal with Boston Celtics: A Fan’s Reaction

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The Boston Celtics made the deal to sign guard Jason Terry official on Wednesday, July 18 using their entire $5 million mid-level exception due to the fact a sign-and-trade deal could not be worked out with the Dallas Mavericks. The Celtics and Terry agreed to a three-year deal worth 15.6 million.

Boston and Terry have been in communication since the first day of free agency on July 1 hashing out the fine details of a deal. After Ray Allen opted to bolt for the Miami Heat, on-boarding Terry became more of a priority for Danny Ainge and the Celtics.

When the season begins, coach Doc Rivers now has the option of starting Avery Bradley at the shooting guard position or giving the job to Terry. While Terry has primarily been a bench player, having won the Sixth Man of the Year award with Dallas, his 15.1 points, 2.4 rebounds, and 3.6 assists per game average last season is more comparable to Allen's 14.2 points, 3.1 rebounds, 2.4 assists that were lost. Bradley, by comparison, averaged 7.6 points, 1.8 rebounds, and 1.4 assists per game in limited minutes off the bench.

As a fan of the Boston Celtics, I love this signing. Terry, despite his older age of 34, is not only an exciting player to watch, but also puts up numbers similar to what was lost. Terry's signing adds depth to an already talented roster and increases the veteran presence for the younger guys like draft picks Jered Sullinger, Fab Melo, and Kris Joseph. Even the young Bradley will learn a thing or two from Terry.

Furthermore, the signing of Terry allows Boston to continue to assert its dominance in the Atlantic Division. The New York Knicks have done little to improve other than adding Jason Kidd and Raymond Felton, and have lost point guard Jeremy Lin to the Houston Rockets. The Brooklyn Nets added Joe Johnson but they will likely lose out on acquiring the coveted Dwight Howard since no agreement could be made. While on paper their division rivals may have improved, the difference is not enough to overtake the Celtics as the division favorites heading into next season at this point.

I like what has taken place in the offseason thus far and am anxious to see what Ainge has in the works.

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