Miami Heat v Dallas Mavericks - Game Five

Report: Jason Terry reaches deal with Boston Celtics


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?

Gordon Hayward goes behind Jordan Clarkson’s back with dribble

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Utah’s Gordon Hayward abused the Lakers’ Jordan Clarkson on this play.

First, Hayward reads and steals Clarkson’s poor feed into the post intended for Kobe Bryant, then going up the sideline he takes his dribble behind Clarkson’s back to keep going. It all ends in a Rudy Gobert dunk.

Three quick takeaways here:

1) Gordon Hayward is a lot better than many fans realize. He can lead this team.

2) It’s still all about the development with Clarkson, and that’s going to mean some hard lessons.

3) Hayward may have the best hair in the NBA, even if it’s going a bit Macklemore.

(Hat tip reddit)

Could Tristan Thompson’s holdout last months? Windhorst says yes.

2015 NBA Finals - Game Five

VIZZINI: “So, it is down to you. And it is down to me.”
MAN IN BLACK nods and comes nearer…
MAN IN BLACK: “Perhaps an arrangement can be reached.”
VIZZINI: “There will be no arrangement…”
MAN IN BLACK: “But if there can be no arrangement, then we are at an impasse.”

That farcical scene from The Princess Bride pretty much sums up where we are with the Tristan Thompson holdout with the Cleveland Cavaliers, minus the Iocane powder. (Although that scene was a battle of wits in the movie and this process seems to lack much wit.) The Cavaliers have put a five-year, $80 million offer on the table. Thompson wants a max deal (or at least a more than has been offered), but he also doesn’t want to play for the qualifying offer and didn’t sign it. LeBron James just wants the two sides just to get it done.

Brian Windhorst of ESPN thinks LeBron could be very disappointed.

Windhorst was on the Zach Lowe podcast at Grantland (which you should be listening to anyway) and had this to say about the Thompson holdout:

“I actually believe it will probably go months. This will go well into the regular season.”

Windhorst compared it to a similar situation back in 2007 with Anderson Varejao, which eventually only broke because the then Charlotte Bobcats signed Varejao to an offer sheet. Thompson is a restricted free agent, meaning the Cavaliers can match any offer, but only Portland and Philadelphia have the cap space right now to offer him a max contract. Neither team has shown any interest in doing so.

And so we wait. And we may be waiting a while.