Found July 04, 2012 on New England Sports React:
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With the signing of Jason Terry, Ray Allen may have just seen his last days in Boston.

It now seems as if the return of Ray Allen next season may have just lost even more credibility. According to the Boston Globe website, the Boston Celtics have struck a deal (in principle, of course) for former Dallas Maverick Jason Terry, a guard known for his shooting ability from behind-the-arc. Terry reportedly agreed to a three-year deal, one which will most likely be agreed upon by July 11th when all free-agents are allowed to sign with teams. The 34-year-old Terry, who has spent the last eight seasons in Dallas, is a notorious sharpshooter, having averaged 15.1 points in 31.7 minutes per game, including 37.8 from three-point range. That’s certainly a drop-off from Allen’s career-high 45 percent mark last season, but Terry’s contributions will most likely come off the bench with Rajon Rondo and Avery Bradley likely to take the floor at the starting guard positions.

What Terry brings to the Celtics is a veteran presence that has experienced championship glory before. He knows the effort and hard work it takes to get there, something that should prove valuable especially for the younger players on this team. Like Keyon Dooling and Mickael Pietrus, Terry will serve as the role of three-point specialist off the bench, and with the return of those two up in the air he might be the only one. This is something I’d be fine with, since in my eyes Dooling and Pietrus underperformed all season, especially in the playoffs. Plus, Terry is a better shooter than either and brings more to the table than a smooth jump shot. He has the ability to score at the one or two (PG or SG), and he is also a decent defender. I’m pretty happy with this move so far, as I feel it will do nothing but benefit the team. Sure, it’s another older guy added onto presumably a team of old guys, but as is well-known experience wins championships. And the Celtics sure got plenty of that heading into the 2012-13 season.

-Ryan Hartley

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