Jason Terry — one of the NBA’s top bench scorers, people! — told Chris Tomasson of Fox Sports this afternoon that he hasn’t agreed to any deal with the Boston Celtics, but there’s a “strong possibility” he will by the end of tonight.
The hold-up? Terry wants to give the Dallas Mavericks another chance to counter the offer, but — before you puncture a hole in your Mark Cuban voo-doo doll — he isn’t optimistic that they will because of cap space considerations and all that jazz.
Terry is already saying the right things as a Celtic, even though he technically hasn’t agreed to join the team yet. He wants to play alongside Ray Allen (“that wouldn’t hurt,” he said) and loves Boston’s “championship pedigree.”
“I just love that they have a championship pedigree,’’ Terry, who plays both guard spots coming off the bench, said of why he chose the Celtics. “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.’’
Also, it probably didn’t hurt that the Celtics were willing to include a third year, by which time JET will be 37 years old.
Terry initially entered free agency wanting to sign with the Miami Heat (that son of a bitch!) but never heard from them (they clearly don’t realize their backup point guard was Norris Cole), and is prepared to settle for Boston (I told you I love that Jason Terry guy!) if the Mavericks don’t counter with a suitable offer (please don’t).