Terry signs with Celtics for mid-level exception

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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."

WR Brandon Marshall provides player's perspective to owners on Day 2 of meetings

WR Brandon Marshall provides player's perspective to owners on Day 2 of meetings

PHOENIX - When league owners, coaches and executives come together for the NFL's annual meetings, those meetings are often devoid of those who have the biggest say in making the product what it is. 

The guys who play.

Brandon Marshall, newly-acquired wide receiver of the Giants, had an opportunity to provide the meetings with a player's perspective on Monday morning. 

The focus, he told reporters after addressing owners, was to highlight the importance of continuing to foster stronger relationships between the league and its players. 

It seemed to go over well, judging by a tweet sent out from Niners owner Jed York. 

"I think it's important for us to continue to do things like we did last year giving the players more of a voice," Marshall said. "You saw the campaign during Week 13 last year, My Cause My Cleats. That was super successful. It gave the world and our fans and the NFL the opportunity to see that we are people,  we're not just gladiators. It humanized us. 

"It not only gave people outside of the game that opportunity to see who we really were but also people in the game like owners, executives and even players. . .We want to continue to do more of that. If we want our game to continue to be on this track that it's on, being super successful, as far as being a pillar in the community, then we need to make sure that our relationships between players and owners is healthy."

Day 2 of the owners meetings will be highlighted by a decision on the fate of the Raiders franchise. The team is expected to have enough support from owners around the league to uproot and head to Las Vegas. 

Around midday in Phoenix, Patriots owner Robert Kraft is expected to speak to reporters about league affairs as well as his team's offseason activity. 

Jaylen Brown steps away from social media to prepare for playoffs

Jaylen Brown steps away from social media to prepare for playoffs

BOSTON –  Like most of the NBA’s Millennials, Celtics rookie Jaylen Brown is active on social media.

But if you holla at him on Twitter or Instagram these days, don’t be surprised if you don’t hear back anytime soon.
 
That’s because Brown is stepping away from the social media game to better focus on his first postseason journey with the Celtics, which begins next month.
 
Brown said he isn’t the only player inside the Celtics locker room who has pledged to do things differently leading up to the playoffs.
 
More than anything, the changes Brown speaks of are symbolic to illustrate the need for everyone to make sacrifices critical for a team’s success.
 
“I’ve paid attention to that, how a lot of guys are making the sacrifices necessary to add to this team,” Brown said. “Some guys are only drinking water. Some guys are cutting out cursing or other aspects. Some guys have some personal stuff...Everybody is putting themselves in that mind frame to sacrifice for the betterment of the team.”
 
He added that taking a step back from social media was just one of a handful of changes he has made leading up to the playoffs.
 
“Some are personal, but some, just being a lot more focused and more locked in, eliminating distractions,” Brown told CSNNE.com. “This generation, we’re so social media dependent. So just eliminating that, filling that in with other stuff whether it’s gym time or film or just time to yourself instead of it being so predicated on the cell phone.”
 
Brown understands the battle Boston (48-26) is in for the top spot in the East heading into the playoffs and how important getting that would be to this team.
 
“It means a lot, especially being a rookie from my perspective, being on a team that’s number one seed in the East and being a contributor.” Brown said. “What more could you ask for, coming in to the league, coming into the NBA. It’s been great for me. It’s been a blessing.”
 
While Brown has had his share of ups and downs as a rookie, there’s no ignoring the fact that he’s progressing at a brisk rate.

“Offensively, I’m getting a little more comfortable scoring the ball; mid-range game, I’m developing,” he said. “Defensively, being in the right spot at the right time, stuff like that. I’ve come a long way and I still have a long way to go.”