Jason Terry officially a Celtic

Published On July 19, 2012 | By Jill Saftel

Jason Terry is now a Boston Celtic. After weeks of contract tweaking, the Celtics have officially signed Terry according to a report from ESPN.  The 34-year-old’s deal is set at three years and $15 million.

The veteran guard averaged 15 points for the Dallas Mavericks last season and was a big role player on the 2011 NBA championship Dallas team. Terry appeared with Jeff Green, Chris Wilcox, and Brandon Bass at a press conference Saturday to officially introduce the newly signed players, but tweaks in their contracts left Terry and Green still unofficially Celtics.

The Celtics were exploring sign-and-trade options with Dallas, hoping to keep their mid-level exception. When Dallas used its remaining cap to acquire O.J. Mayo, the Celtics were left to use their mid-level exception to get Terry. Unfortunately for the Celtics, Mayo was one of the players they reportedly looked at to fill the void at the shooting guard spot with Avery Bradley uncertain after shoulder surgery and Ray Allen headed to Miami.

Regardless, Terry has made it known that Boston is where he wants to be, even offering to do the laundry if that’s what Doc Rivers asked him to do.

“The Celtics have such a great tradition of winning and it was something that drew me to the team right away,” Terry said. “I look forward to getting out onto the court and helping this team in its pursuit of another banner.”


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Jill studies journalism at Northeastern University, covers Hockey East for College Hockey News and is the sports editor for The Huntington News. You can follow her on Twitter at @jillsaftel, just don't ask her to choose between hockey and baseball, it's impossible.