Report: Terry loves Celtics 'championship pedigree'

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Report: Terry loves Celtics 'championship pedigree'

Jason Terry made his desire to win an NBA championship very clear when he inked a tattoo of the Larry OBrien trophy on his bicep before the Dallas Mavericks won the 2011 title.

Now the free agent guard hopes to repeat the performance with the Boston Celtics.

CSNNE.com's A. Sherrod Blakely confirmed the Yahoo! Sports report that the Celtics and Terry have reached an agreement on a three-year contract starting at the mid-level exception worth more than 15 million.

Terry, 34, spoke to FOX Sports Florida about his positive impressions of the Celtics.

"I just love that they have a championship pedigree,'' Terry said. "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.''

Terry averaged 15.1 points, 3.6 assists, and 2.4 rebounds in 31.7 minutes per game last season off the Mavericks bench. The 2009 Sixth Man of the Year is entering his 14th year in the NBA, playing five years with the Atlanta Hawks and the last eight with the Mavs.

Free agent signings can begin on July 11.

Crowder on Cousins' style: 'Step up to the test or you get run over'

Crowder on Cousins' style: 'Step up to the test or you get run over'

BOSTON – There was a point in the fourth quarter when Sacramento's DeMarcus Cousins was fouled trying to score which brought about an automatic, intense and angry scowl from the all-star center. 

He raised his hand as he were going to strike back at the potential assailant. 

And then he saw the man was Jae Crowder. 

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Cousins, who had a game-high 28 points, then went to the free throw line, incident-free. 

“I’m not one those other cats he be punking,” said Crowder with a grin.

That moment was one of many throughout Friday night’s game when Crowder made his presence felt when the game mattered most, and wasn’t afraid to mix it up with whoever stood between him and helping the Celtics win – even Cousins. 

But as Crowder explained following Boston’s 97-92 win, that moment was about two physical players who have developed an on-the-floor rapport that speaks to their intensity and desire to win at all costs. 

“He’s going to bring the game to you; his physicality,” said Crowder who had 16 points on 6-for-12 shooting. “He’s a very physical type of guy. If he senses you’re not physical at all, he’ll let you know. He’s a dog down there; he’s a bull. I love to go against a player like that. He’s going to give you his best shot each and every night. You either step up to the test or you get run over.” 

As soon as the two made eye contact, Crowder knew it was one of the many intimidation methods used by Cousins against opposing players. 

Crowder wasn’t having it. 

“That’s my guy; he’s my guy,” Crowder said of Cousins. “He plays a lot of tactics against a lot of other players. I’ve earned that respect with him. He knows I’m going to fight him just as hard as anybody else. We leave it on the court. He’s a good friend of mine. We’ve become friends, just playing ball, playing basketball the right way.”