Jason Terry, who played the last eight seasons with the Dallas Mavericks and was a key member of last year’s NBA championship team, is close to signing a three-year free agent contract with the Boston Celtics for $15 million, sources close to the situation confirmed today.
As a restricted free agent, the Mavericks have an opportunity to match the offer and keep Terry in the fold, but ESPNDallas.com reported that the team, coveting financial flexibility, is unlikely to match the Celtics’ bid.
He won the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year Award in 2009 and had a phenomenal playoff run in 2011 to help the Mavs win the franchise’s first NBA title. Terry, 34, averaged 15.1 points and 3.6 assists last season and shot 37.8 percent from the 3-point range. Fourth on the NBA’s all-time list for 3-pointers made, Terry is a 38-percent 3-point shooter for his career and has averaged 16.1 points per game.
Meanwhile, Dallas continues to wait on a decision from free agent guard Deron Williams, who said he will either re-sign with the Brooklyn Nets or with his hometown Mavs.