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.

Wojnarowski thinks Celtics are perfect candidate for Jimmy Butler trade

Wojnarowski thinks Celtics are perfect candidate for Jimmy Butler trade

Most NBA teams would benefit from adding Chicago Bulls guard Jimmy Butler. But few NBA have the assets to acquire him. The most legitimate suitor in the NBA resides in Boston.

"The potential of a Boston-Chicago deal for Jimmy Butler -- I think it will loom over the entire week," Yahoo! NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski said Saturday. "These teams have engaged on the potential of this trade. They have not gotten far down the road on it. There still needs to be alignment within the Bulls organization -- from ownership to management -- that they want to make the decision to enter a full rebuild.

He added: "But the poential of this deal really illustrates the State Farm right combo, because these are two teams that have exactly what the other wants. Boston has been hoarding assets for years for a couple of season, trying to get in the position to get a star player."

Wojnarowski suggested the first building block for the Butler trade would start with either the 2017 or 2018 Brooklyn Nets' first-round pick, which the Celtics acquired in 2013 in the Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce trade.

"And Jimmy Butler in Boston, paired with Isaiah Thomas and this Celtics team -- it would put this Celtics team in a position to seriously challenge Cleveland [Cavaliers] in the east, not only in the short term, but also in the long term."

Butler's contract extends to 2020, and then Wojnarowski explained Boston could then sign the guard to another long-term deal. In the meantime, he could help Boston surpass a vulnerable-looking Cavaliers team.

Forbes ranks Celtics as fifth-most valuable NBA franchise

Forbes ranks Celtics as fifth-most valuable NBA franchise

The Boston Celtics are one of the NBA's top teams -- and not just in terms of talent. Forbes has ranked the Celtics as the fifth-most valuable NBA franchise at $2.2 billion.

The Celtics "sport" valuation is one of the highest in the NBA at $674 million. Their "market" valuation comes in as $883 million, their "arena" valuation falls at $341 million and their "brand" valuation stands at $302 million.

Boston is a constant in a continually emerging NBA. Forbes reports the NBA is worth $1.36 billion, which 3.5 times its value five years ago. The league is also on a seven-year collective bargaining agreement that will provide stability in the league for that duration. The NBA also signed a $24 billion deal with ESPN and TNT that began at the start of the 2016-17 season.

The Celtics will continue to play an important part in the growth of the league.