Celtics close to signing Terry

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Celtics close to signing Terry

A league source has confirmed that the Celtics are close to signing Jason Terry to a multi-year deal starting at the mid-level exception.

The number of years is still being ironed out, the source said, speaking on the condition of anonymity because the deal is still in the negotiating phase.

Adding Terry would not necessarily take the Celtics out of the running for Ray Allen, who remains the C's top target along with Brandon Bass.

Boston envisions a four-guard rotation of Rajon Rondo and Avery Bradley starting, with Allen and Terry in the backcourt with Terry being able to play both guard positions.

Of course, the Celtics will have to fend off the Los Angeles Clippers who have made a strong push for Terry and will offer a comparable deal, as will the Dallas Mavericks, his team this past season.

A league official said Terry was impressed by the way the C's fought through adversity and came within one game -- make that one quarter -- of knocking off the eventual NBA champion Miami Heat.

It was apparent that the C's needed one more impact player to potential get over the hump.

"And he's definitely of the mindset that, 'hey, maybe it's me. Maybe I can be that guy that gets them over the top again," the league official said.

Knicks' Noah suspended 20 games by NBA for drug policy violation

Knicks' Noah suspended 20 games by NBA for drug policy violation

NEW YORK - Joakim Noah of the New York Knicks has been suspended 20 games without pay for violating the league’s anti-drug policy.

The NBA announced the suspension Saturday, saying Noah tested positive for Selective Androgen Receptor Modulator LGD-4033 – something that can be found in over-the-counter supplements.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports first reported the suspension.

Noah has not played since Feb. 4 and was likely to miss the Knicks’ final 10 games this season because of a knee injury. The NBA said Noah’s suspension will begin with the ”first NBA regular season or playoff game for which he is eligible and physically able to play.”

Noah is in the first year of a four-year, $72 million contract. He and the Knicks (27-45) have been a disappointment this season. He averaged 5.0 points and 8.7 rebounds in 46 games this season, and has been limited to 75 games over the past two seasons.

Highlights: Devin Booker puts up 70 points but Celtics get the win

Highlights: Devin Booker puts up 70 points but Celtics get the win

Highlights from the TD Garden as Devin Booker had a historic performance where he scored 70 points, but it wasn't enough to get the win over the Celtics.