Doc's first call? Terry got early buzz

July, 10, 2012
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AP Photo/Sue OgrockiJason Terry said the Celtics told him he was their top priority.
Jason Terry, who is expected to sign a three-year deal with the Celtics when the moratorium lifts on Wednesday, said Celtics coach Doc Rivers called immediately after free agency began to start recruiting him:
Doc Rivers was the first to call Jason Terry the moment the NBA's free agency period opened and told the veteran guard that he was the Boston Celtics' No. 1 target.

When the Celtics made a three-year, $15 million offer and the Dallas Mavericks, the team Terry played for for eight seasons and won a championship with in 2011, didn't match, the shooting guard affectionately known as "The Jet" said he was ready to take off for Boston.

"Boston was the first to call me and Doc Rivers got on the phone and said, 'We need you, you're our No. 1 priority,' " he told RF Sports Report, which followed Terry and his daughter's AAU basketball team at a recent tournament in Orlando, Fla. "Had I got that same phone call from Dallas, I'd still be a Dallas Maverick.

"But I didn't, so I'm on to bigger and better things and hopefully with that team, with the way they are structured right now we have another chance to win the championship."

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