With the Celtics on the verge of losing Ray Allen and being forced to get younger at the position, they did what any team looking to stay old would do; they signed Jason Terry.
Jason Terry is a 34 year old guard who will turn 35 right before the season starts. Sure he was the 6th Man of the Year in 2009 and helped the Mavs to their title run in 2011 but that really was in his prime and the end if it. A 30-something year old guard coming off the bench really seems like a role I’d want Ray Allen in. Sure beats him coming off the bench for the Heat and raining threes on you.
Danny Ainge has not ruled out bringing back Ray Allen. In fact he’s stressed that he doesn’t want the veterans on the team playing too many minutes. With Allen and Terry both coming off the bench behind Bradley and Rondo who are both very young, their minutes would surely by limited.
This signing all but assures that the team will not get an OJ Mayo. Their only hope now is that another team can work a sign and trade with the C’s should Brandon Bass decide to leave.
I know some people are excited about Jason Terry, I’m just not one of them. I would have much preferred OJ Mayo. I think the younger player makes more sense and having a coach like Doc to teach him would help him realize his potential.
Stay tuned for more signings, let’s just hope they get some guys in their 20′s opposed to staying old.
I know you all thought I’d have a Spain winning the Eurocup column this morning, sorry to disappoint.
I had a show Saturday night and I’d been on the boat all day. Needless to say I didn’t hear any sports radio or watched any TV. So when my cousin and his wife showed up and told me about KG signing a three year deal, it was the first I’d heard of it.
The deal is a three year deal worth $31 million. It’s not final but all reports are that KG will be back and Garnett is in the fold.
With the drafting of Melo last week KG in theory can return to his natural position as the four. Word out there is KG wanted to be back as a PF despite his career resurgence this past season at center.
So who’s next?
Rumor is a two year $12 million dollar deal is out there for Ray Allen if he wants it. The issue would be if he’s willing to come off the bench. Miami and Phoenix are very interested but Miami can only offer $3 million. One rumor has Phoenix at two years $5 million per.
Other names linked to the C’s are now free agent Jamal Crawford who I told you last week the C’s were looking to trade for when he was still with Portland. The other name is OJ Mayo.
If I’m Danny, I’m sending everything Mayo’s way. He’s only 24 where as Crawford is 32. Ray will be 38 this summer. For this team to be great for years to come going with the younger guy makes sense.
We’ll see how it all shakes out but without a lockout the team will need young legs to help ease the burden on the older guys. They’ll need to be able to run with the young teams like Philly, Chicago, and Atlanta.
After the draft it’s clear Danny has a plan. It will be interesting to see it all shake out.