Terry signs with Celtics for mid-level exception


Terry signs with Celtics for mid-level exception

The Boston Celtics have signed Jason Terry. The move is a bit anti-climatic when you consider the fact that it was only a matter of when, not if, he would officially join the Celtics.

Terry was introduced in town last weekend, along with Jeff Green, Brandon Bass and Chris Wilcox. At the time, only Wilcox and Bass had signed, while Green and Terry's deals were still being finalized.

Boston was hoping to complete a sign-and-trade deal with Dallas for Terry, which would have allowed Boston to add Courtney Lee via the mid-level exception.

When the C's were unable to strike a deal with the Mavs, they were left to sign Terry with the mid-level exception that's worth 5 million.

That leaves Boston only the bi-annual exception (worth about 1.9 million) and veteran minimum contracts to offer as they try and round out the rest of their roster.

The addition of Terry fills the huge void left by Ray Allen, who took his talents to South Beach and signed a two-year deal with Miami.

And while Allen never quite embraced his role of coming off the bench after he was replaced by Avery Bradley, Terry has proven to be one of the NBA's best reserves.

In fact, he was the league's Sixth Man of the Year in 2009 in addition to playing an integral role in the Dallas Mavericks winning the franchise's first NBA title in 2011.

Jason is one of the best sixth men in the NBA and his versatility in the backcourt is a great addition to our roster, said Danny Ainge, Celtics President of Basketball Operations.

The 6-2 guard can play both positions, but has proven to be one of the NBA's all-time great 3-point shooters. In fact only Allen, Jason Kidd and Reggie Miller have made more 3-pointers than Terry who has 1,788. And while his role will surely be to provide a jolt of offense off the bench, he might be in the starting lineup on opening night depending on how quickly Avery Bradley can recover from surgery to both of his shoulders.

"If they need me to wash the uniforms or sweep the floor, whatever role Doc wants me to play, I'm here to do it at 100 percent and give my all," said Terry. "That's what I've done my whole career; pretty much whatever it takes to win. Whatever puts us in the best position to win these games, a championship, I want."

Halftime stars, studs and duds: Celtics in control, but Nets within striking distance


Halftime stars, studs and duds: Celtics in control, but Nets within striking distance

BOSTON – The Boston Celtics were in control most of the first half, but the Brooklyn Nets managed to stay within striking distance most of the first half which ended with the Celtics ahead, 64-58.

It was a high-scoring first half, the kind that one of the league’s top defenses shouldn’t experience.

But it is the first game of the season and the Celtics clearly have some kinks defensively to work out.

The Celtics led by as many as 13 points in the first half with contributions coming from several players in the starting unit as well as off the bench.

Boston has spent a good chunk of the preseason preaching the importance of good ball movement.

It was indeed on full display as Boston had 19 assists in the first half on 23 made baskets.

As for the Nets, Bogan Bogdanovic kept Brooklyn within striking distance most of the first half as he tallied 10 points through the first two quarters of play. Brooklyn also got a nice lift from Justin Hamilton who had 14 first-half points off the Brooklyn bench.

Here are our halftime Stars, Studs and Duds



Isaiah Thomas

Thomas was a more assertive player in the second quarter and it paid off for the him and the Celtics. He finished the half with a team-high 11 points in addition to doling out a game-high seven assists.

Jae Crowder

Boston displayed some crisp ball movement in the first half, and Crowder seemed to benefit from this more than any other Celtic. Through two quarters of play, Crowder has a team-high 10 points which included him making his first four shots from the floor.



Sean Kilpatrick

The Nets only have five players on their roster from last season’s disastrous 21-win club, and Kilpatrick showed why he’s one of the few holdovers. At the half, he had nine points off the bench to go with three rebounds.



Brook Lopez

He’s supposed to be the Nets’ best player, but you would not have known this by his play in the first half, The 7-foot Lopez was a non-factor through the first two quarters of lay, missing four of his five field goal attempts to go into the half with just three points.

Quick Slants Podcast: Bills puffing out chests; Lewis on horizon?; trade deadline


Quick Slants Podcast: Bills puffing out chests; Lewis on horizon?; trade deadline

Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry discuss the Bills marking their territory in pre game warm ups with Matt Fairburn of NewYorkUpstate.com. Curran and Perry also discuss Dion Lewis’s possible return from a knee injury. Plus, the number histories of Chris Long, Dont’a Hightower, Malcom Brown, Barkevious Mingo, and Ryan Allen in the much ballyhooed segment “Hey, what’s ya number?”

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