According to Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports, the Boston Celtics are close to signing veteran Jason Terry:
Put me in what seems to be the minority of absolutely disliking this deal. 3 years? Did we really need another 34+ year old on this roster whose name wasn’t Ray Allen at the guard position? Let me make it clear that I was in favor of letting Allen walk and finally breaking up the big 3. It had to be done sooner or later and Allen is easier to replace than a player like Kevin Garnett. You can’t bring in another guy who gives you everything Garnett does on and off the court. You can easily bring in another shooter who can spread the floor for Rondo and knock down big shots.
So why not kill two birds with one stone by bringing in that shooter and also get younger at the same time? On the top of my list was O.J. Mayo. A 24 year old who averaged over 18 PPG as a rookie and can really put the ball in the hole. I see Mayo as a now and later guy. Help you compete right now with the veterans we still have on this roster while allowing you to stay competitive with our young core for the next 3-5 years.
I get it, money is probably the biggest issue with Mayo along with rumors of him not being that interested in coming to Boston. That alone explains why we probably went with the safest move out there and signed Terry. This move just doesn’t sit well for me considering it not only most likely means the end of the Ray Allen era in Boston (which I was prepared for), but also fails to address the one thing Danny Ainge seems to forget: You need to start building around your best player.
Rondo is the future of this team. When will they finally start bringing in players that will run up and down the floor with him and expand his game even more? He is one of the most freakishly athletic point guards in the game and as long as our roster keeps getting older in age we aren’t taking advantage of that. I do think Terry will fit in with this team and even with Rondo’s game for the most part and in no way am I a general manager who knows what he’s doing. It just seems like Ainge is building backwards sometimes and taking too many risks on older talent instead of looking at the big picture that is right in front of him.