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“I’m a young 34 and I stay in shape, I’ve been blessed over the years not to have any major injuries and I sort of pride myself on being an iron man,’’ Terry said. “I hate to miss games. I’m feeling great and playing with a point guard like Rondo, I know I am going to get plenty of opportunities to go out there and make an impact.
“It’s obvious, at 34 years old I’m not going to change my game. My game is to come out and play with a lot of energy and shoot [big shots]. I know their guy is Paul Pierce, there’s no question about he’s the man that finishes games for them, but now they have another option in myself that is not scared to take and make last-second shots. Whatever Doc wants me to do, I will do.”
“That conversation was like, ‘We want you. You’re our guy. You’re a priority No. 1 for us after we sign KG. We’re tired of you killing us,’ ’’ Terry said. “That made me feel good. I know he’s a great coach. He commands respect from all his players and it will be no different when I come into town.”
Terry’s durability is one of the first things I noticed when researching his career. In 13 years, he’s never missed more than 8 games in a season. I’m going to stop praising his durability now, because I know many of you believe in jinxes.
We’re going to enjoy his ability to get off a shot – without a screen. No more of those double and triple screen sets that were needed for Ray Allen. Terry can create off the dribble.
You think Ray is reading this story and thinking, “Damn Doc… why didn’t you call me first?”
Gary Washburn has this nugget on the chances of a sign-and-trade with Dallas, a move that would allow the Celtics to use the MLE on another player:
There is little chance the Celtics can work out a sign-and-trade with the Mavericks for Jason Terry unless the Celtics are willing to part with a combination of young assets such as JaJuan Johnson, Moore, or perhaps Mickael Pietrus or Keyon Dooling. The Celtics would love to facilitate a sign-and-trade to free up their mid-level exception to sign shooting guard Courtney Lee.
I wouldn’t hesitate to send JaJuan Johnson and E’Twaun Moore to Dallas. Johnson has shown little progress (read Doc’s comments here). I know some of you like Moore’s game, but is he ever going to be better than Courtney Lee?
I have mixed feeling on Pietrus. While Iabsolutely love his defensive energy, he’s awfully wild with shot selection and was foul prone last season.
The rest of the links:
Eagle Trib – Where is the celebration for Terry? He will be better than Ray | Herald – Wilcox one year contract no doubt a big deal | Journeyman shines in Orlando | Hoopsworld – Mayo emerges as Suns top option | ESPN Boston – Melo is a work in progress | Roster reset |