Miami Heat v Dallas Mavericks - Game Five

Report: Jason Terry reaches deal with Boston Celtics

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UPDATE 3:25 pm: And it is finalized, according to Marc Spears of Yahoo. Jason Terry will be a Celtic for three years, $15 million total — the mid-level exception.

Dallas reportedly offered more money per year but only a two-year deal, Terry decided to take the extra year.

The question now is now does this signing of a two-guard sixth man influence Ray Allen’s decision. Boston still wants him back, and has offered him more money than any other location, but if he wants more minutes this isn’t going to draw him back to Boston.

2:49 pm: The Boston Celtics offense needs a boost — they were 27th in the league in points per possession last season. (If you are frightened by the NBA’s new math the Celtics were 26th in points per game.)

Jason Terry would help that. A lot. And the Celtics may be close to inking the former Sixth Man of the Year from Dallas, tweets Marc Spears of Yahoo.

Celtics are in final discussions on terms of a multi-year deal with Mavericks free agent guard Jason Terry, sources tells Yahoo! Sports.

The offer is reportedly for the mid-level exception — $5 million a year for three years.

As we told you before, Terry has told the Mavericks he would give them a chance to match any offer. He likely goes back to them with whatever Boston puts on the table.

Terry averaged 15.1 points per game on 37 percent shooting from three last year. He is a guy fully capable of lighting it up on a given night. If the Celtics keep Avery Bradley as the starter Terry would be a big upgrade off the bench because he can knock down threes and create his own shot.

As Spears notes, the Celtics still would want to bring back Ray Allen. But would he return if he sees his role shrinking? The Celtics are offering more money, but would Allen take less money for more minutes and a chance to chase a ring in Miami? Do the Clippers become an option?

Lots of questions without answers right now, starting with would Dallas match the Terry offer?

Aaron Gordon both legs over the mascot, ball-under-the-legs dunk (VIDEO)

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TORONTO — Zach LaVine won the NBA All-Star Saturday Dunk Contest, but in an epic night for my money this was the single best dunk.

Orlando’s Aaron Gordon broke ground with this one — guys have jumped over mascots and other players before (and a Kia hood), but by splitting their legs apart. Gordon just put both legs over Stuff (that’s the mascot’s name, Stuff the Magic Dragon, I don’t make this up) — and took the ball off the mascot’s head, went under his legs, and threw it down.

Insane.

Gordon deserved a trophy for his performance in this dunk contest.

Zach LaVine edges Aaron Gordon in epic, insane Dunk Contest

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TORONTO — That. Was. Amazing.

In a dunk contest that will go down with the all-time greats — Jordan vs. Dominique, Dr. J from the free throw line — Minnesota’s Zach LaVine defended his dunk contest title. Barely. Because Orlando’s Aaron Gordon was doing dunks nobody had ever seen before.

And LaVine was bringing it just as hard.

The two men advanced to the finals — dismissing Will Barton and Andre Drummond, each of whom had good dunks — and that was when it got wild.

There were four second-round dunks, and four perfect scores of 50. (That was in spite of Shaq, who wanted to give nines for second attempts.)

“I was prepared for four (second round dunks),” LaVine said. “To tell the truth, he came with something that no one else has done. He did two dunks that were just crazy with the mascots, jumping over them. We just kept pushing each other until the last dunk. I’ve got to give it up to my boy Will “The Thrill” Barton. It’s because of him I think I won. Because he said try to go from the free-throw line. I’d never done that before, and I just tried it. So I guess it was a great dunk. I think it was the best one ever.”

The Air Canada Centre crowd was exploding with every dunk. The two men went to a dunk-off — and got two more 50s.

“If I knew it was going to be like that, I would have prepared better and we would have been here dunking all night, going back 50 after 50 after 50 after 50,” Gordon said. “We would have been here all night. I didn’t know it was going to be like that. I was just hoping Zach was going to miss, and it wasn’t going to happen. You could see as my facial expressions when Zach dunks it, it’s like okay, that’s a 50. Like I know we’re going to have to dunk again.”

So they went to a second-round of overtime, where LaVine put up another 50 and won the contest.

Gordon was close to perfect.

Zach LaVine can flat-out fly.

Magic’s Aaron Gordon with the over-the-mascot mad dunk

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TORONTO — Aaron Gordon was giving Zach LaVine all he could handle in the Dunk Contest.

He blew the lid off the Air Canada Centre with this dunk in the first round — and it wasn’t even his best dunk of the night. Never seen this before.

This dunk contest was awesome, so much more video to come.

Zach LaVine opens Slam Dunk Contest title defense with spectacular behind-the-back slam (VIDEO)

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TORONTO — Zach LaVine clearly heard all the talk that Aaron Gordon or Will Barton had a chance to upset him in the Slam Dunk Contest. He came out ready to prove his superiority right off the bat. This behind-the-back slam was his first attempt of the night:

Even better was the reaction, both from Andre Drummond and from LaVine’s Minnesota teammates: