Jason Terry will no longer be a familiar face in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, well, except when the Boston Celtics come to town to play the Dallas Mavericks, Terry's now-previous team. While the deal has not been finalized, the imminent signing is being reported in just about every legitimate sports outlet there is, including the sports section for Boston.com.
Once finalized, Terry's deal with the Celtics will be for three years. According to reports, Terry will be receiving the Celtics' midlevel exception rate; however, Boston.com was quick to issue a "not so fast" to Celtics fans lathering themselves up in anticipation:
One caveat to all this is that no deal is done. Free agents can't be signed until the end of the NBA's moratorium on July 11. ESPN's Marc Stein confirmed the Yahoo! report but added a source told him Terry could go back to the Mavericks and use his deal with Boston as leverage.
As you might expect, Twitter was quick to react to the NBA news, something one should expect when one of the most-talked about teams signs a popular NBA player. Bonus: the Twitter trend brought the following gif of Jason Terry back to the forefront:
So, are people feeling the (potential) Jason Terry signing or was this a reach by Danny Ainge? Does this mean the Celtics won't re-sign Ray Allen? Inquiring minds want to know:
Nice pick up. “@SpearsNBAYahoo: Celtics are in final discussions on terms of a multi-year deal with Mavericks free agent guard Jason Terry
Jason Terry about to go to the Celtics which almost guarantees Ray Allen will not be back ..
Jason Terry to the C's, unless Mavs sweeten the deal. Whether he'll replace Ray Allen's production or complement it remains unknown still.
Jason Terry is about to be a Celtic? that means Ray Allen is joining the Heat? that means Dallas is now weaker and still hanging limp.
Jason Terry to Celtics sure would seem to change the Ray Allen equation. Terry would be a proven sixth man behind ... http://t.co/ZfGaMfg5
Celtics, remember, still think they can re-sign Ray Allen AND bring in Jason Terry.
Considering the source of the last tweet, it's something that deserves your attention, regardless of how badly you want Ray Allen in Miami.