LAS VEGAS — The Celtics can still be in involved in a sign-and-trade over the coming days, but it won’t involve Jason Terry. After the team delayed his official signing for the past week as Boston explored trade possibilities to acquire Terry via a sign-and-trade with Dallas, that possibility ended earlier tonight, as Danny Ainge confirmed to CelticsHub and other reporters that the team will use its full mid-level exception on the shooting guard.
Once the decision was made, Terry wasted no time in making the deal official as Gary Washburn of The Boston Globe reported on Twitter tonight that the deal had been signed, sealed and delivered.
According to an NBA source, Jason Terry just signed his contract with the #celtics. Its official. Terry signs for mid-level exception
— gary washburn (@GwashNBAGlobe) July 18, 2012
With the Terry deal done, look for the C’s to set their sights on finding a potential sign-and-trade possibility with the Houston Rockets for Courtney Lee. Boston is unable to spend more than 1.95 million (bi-annual exception) on the shooting guard, so they will need to give Houston a reason to sign and deal the young guard, something that could be tough given the recent Rockets signings of Jeremy Lin and offer sheet to Omer Asik.
Plenty of dominoes have to fall for Boston around the league for them to get what they want here, and in the meantime they have to be patient. With some of their own roster decisions looming in the next few days (E’Twaun Moore’s option) the C’s will have tough decisions to make whatever direction they go in. Either way we should know much more by Sunday on if another shooting guard like Lee is arriving.