I guess we can write the postscript for The Ray Allen Era in Boston, now that Marc Spears has reported that the Celtics have signed Jason Terry to a three-year contract at the mid-level exception of $5 million per season. The Jet is two years younger than Ray Allen and while he isn’t on Ray’s level as a shooter (who is?), he’ll likely be the more productive option as a sixth man going forward. Avery Bradley will probably inhabit the starting two-guard spot when he recovers from shoulder surgery, leaving Terry to provide scoring punch off the bench in the role in which he excelled for his last five seasons in Dallas.
I’m obviously joshing with the “youth movement” remark in the title, but what this does signal is that the Celtics intend on trying to keep that championship window jammed open for at least a couple more seasons. As for Ray Allen, most Celtics fans will surely be sad to see him go — although we can’t entirely rule out the possibility that he’ll return to the Celtics in a reduced role — but his services will be in demand among teams that consider themselves contenders next season. Cases in point: Ray is scheduled to meet with the Heat on Thursday and the Clippers on Friday. On the small chance that he decides to retire, he won’t be hurting for money since he’s also “The World Leader in Professional K-9 Equipment”. (Note: May be a different Ray Allen.)