WALTHAM -- The Celtics held a press conference on Saturday morning to announce the free agent signings of Kevin Garnett, Brandon Bass and Chris Wilcox. What they haven't done officially yet is sign Jeff Green and Jason Terry. Those deals are expected to be done soon, possibly this week, but the delays are the result of the team's maneuvering under the new collective bargaining agreement.
"We hope to resolve those sometime in the near future," team president Danny Ainge said. Ainge later added, "Things are moving forward."
The Celtics have been trying to swing a sign-and-trade agreement with the Mavericks for Terry, which would enable them to use the mid-level exception on another player. In order to take advantage of more favorable trade terms, they have to be below the luxury tax line of $70.3 million once the deal is complete.
Green's agent David Falk was purposefully vague about the delay, only alluding to the new CBA, but he said there was nothing that would hinder the signing of a new deal.
In a brief meeting with reporters, Green said he always intended to re-sign with the Celtics.
"With the stuff I went through the past couple of months, this organization was there for me," Green said. "They did everything possible to make sure I was comfortable with my procedure and the road I was headed down. I owe it all to them. It was a no-brainer."
Terry, meanwhile, said that he envisioned himself in a Celtics' uniform during their playoff run and was thrilled when he received a phone call from Doc Rivers at the start of free agency.
"If they need me to wash the uniforms or sweep the floors, whatever role Doc wants me to play I’m here to do it at 100 percent and give my all," Terry said. "That’s what I’ve done my whole career and pretty much whatever it takes to win. Whatever puts us in the best position to win these games and win a championship is what I’ll be doing."
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