The Celtics and free agent guard Jason Terry have agreed to a three-year deal that will bring Terry to Boston, an NBA source tells the Globe's Gary Washburn. The source says the Mavericks offered Terry more money but could only offer a two-year deal.
Terry told FOXSports NBA writer Chris Tomasson that he'd like to play in Boston.
"I just love that they have a championship pedigree," said Terry. "And I think their point guard (Rajon Rondo) is the best in the business at controlling both ends of the floor. And they’ve got Hall of Famers.’’
Yahoo! Sports' Marc Spears first reported that Terry and the Celtics were close to a deal. According to Spears' report, the deal will pay Terry the Celtics' mid-level exception. Spears also reports that the Celtics would like to sign both Terry and Ray Allen despite the two players having similar roles as shooters, report confirmed by NBA.com's David Alridge.
Terry told Tomasson he'd be OK with both him and Allen playing in Boston.
"That wouldn't hurt,'' Terry said.
Free agents can't be signed officially until the end of the NBA's moratorium on July 11. Terry averaged 15.1 points and 3.6 assists for the Mavericks last season. As Dallas' sixth man, Terry played 31 minutes per game off the bench. He is 34.