Jason Terry leaves for new chapter in NBA career

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PLANO -- Only four days remain before Jason Terry will be landing on a completely different runway.

On Saturday, the moving trucks will be pulling away from Terry's Frisco home and headed to Boston where, he will add a new chapter to his NBA life.

Terry spent the past eight years playing for the Mavericks. During that time, the 13-year veteran was the first point guard to lead Dallas to the NBA Finals (2006), and was one of the team's super subs when the Mavericks won their first NBA championship in 2011.

But wearing Celtics green was not Terry's preferred fashion choice. He would rather have stayed in Dallas and finished his career with the Mavericks.

"I thought I would be back with the Mavericks, but at the end of the day they made a business decision ... for their organization and going forward," Terry said Monday as he welcomed 225 kids to his youth basketball camp at the Plano Sports Authority. "They said they wanted to play for the future, and obviously I wasn't a part of that."

No longer being wanted by the Mavericks is the part that's hurtful for Terry.

"I didn't want this to be a long drawn-out thing, but it's tough when you're walking around town," Terry said. "I'm still here, I'm still in the city and everybody that I run into contact with is like, 'Jet, we're going to miss you,' and I tell them I'm going to miss you, too.

"The summer went by fast, free agency was quick, so this move [to Boston] is just happening fast. It hasn't really sunk in."

Terry, 34, signed a three-year, $15 million contract with the Celtics last month.

But he wants to play six more years, and hasn't ruled out a possible return to the Mavericks.

"I'll do three years in Boston and if they like it I'll do three more," Terry said. "If they don't, maybe I'll come back to Dallas. I'm still leaving that option open."

As he embarks on his next step, Terry is also searching for a permanent home in the Dallas area. The ties here are so deep that Terry already knows this will be his final destination once his basketball career is over.

"Don't get me wrong, I'm from Seattle, Washington, born and raised," Terry said. "But the Jet was born in Dallas and I will never forget it, and this will always be home for me."

Dwain Price, 817-390-7760

Twitter: @dwainprice

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