Breaking: Boston Celtics near deal for Jason Terry

May 5, 2012; Dallas, TX, USA; Jason Terry beantown-bound? Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE

Free agent guard Jason Terry had been spotted working out at the Mavs practice facility in recent weeks, and it seemed any decision about his admittedly murky future with Dallas would be made after the Deron Williams move played itself out. Terry had been with the team for nearly a decade, and had become a fixture both with the team and in the community.

But, per the Boston Herald:

The Celtics may still have interest in re-signing Ray Allen, but they are on the verge of some some interesting insurance at the shooting guard spot.

According to a source, the team has made great progress over the last hour in discussions with Jason Terry, the former Mavericks shooting guard and the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year during the 2008-09 season. Terry has been known over the years as a wiry defender and capable transition player. His spot up style would work nicely with Rajon Rondo’s drive and dish game.

Dallas fans have long suspected this day might come. As good a player as Terry is, it was never going to be easy to find room for him and Deron Williams under the cap, unless he took an even greater paycut than the one he was going to have take already. Terry is well within his rights to explore greater compensation, and, frankly, Boston presents a terrific basketball situation for him.

We don't know if this is the end yet, but if it is, I wish him well.

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