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How Dallas lost The Jet

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08:09 AM ET 07.10 | It may have taken only a phone call to keep "The Jet" parked in Dallas. [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. ... "Had I got that same phone call from Dallas, I'd still be a Dallas Maverick."

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July 10, 2012  08:32 AM ET

Best for him for anyway. At least he has a chance for another ring. If he stayed his chances were ZERO!

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July 10, 2012  08:46 AM ET
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Have the Mavs become the new Soviet Union? Everyone is defecting!

Thought he'd a gone to Miami since that's where most go to escape Cuban leadership!

July 10, 2012  08:46 AM ET
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Best for him for anyway. At least he has a chance for another ring. If he stayed his chances were ZERO!

the celtics still needs a big man

July 10, 2012  08:48 AM ET
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Have the Mavs become the new Soviet Union? Everyone is defecting!

Thought he'd a gone to Miami since that's where most go to escape Cuban leadership!

July 10, 2012  08:50 AM ET
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Best for him for anyway. At least he has a chance for another ring. If he stayed his chances were ZERO!

I don't think the Celts are a sure lock to win it all... they are a tired and weary team. Indiana & Bulls are the sleeping giants of the East.

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July 10, 2012  08:55 AM ET

I know Cuban wants to make some cap space, but what good is the cap space if players you covet don't want to sign with you?

July 10, 2012  08:56 AM ET
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Thought he'd a gone to Miami since that's where most go to escape Cuban leadership!

I see Cuban's plan into 2013 which I think is quite realistic. It may not be popular with the fans but it's the best way to go. Mavs will tank the next season or two for high draft picks and will have a ton of cap space as well. It's a brave and wise move on the part of Cuban. I won't be shocked if they trade Dirk for high picks...

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July 10, 2012  08:58 AM ET
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Best for him for anyway. At least he has a chance for another ring. If he stayed his chances were ZERO!

Chances for a playoff appearance this coming season are zero.

July 10, 2012  09:10 AM ET
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I don't think the Celts are a sure lock to win it all... they are a tired and weary team. Indiana & Bulls are the sleeping giants of the East.

I said he has a 'chance' with the Celtics. They will be a playoff team. With the Mavs as they are currently structured they won't even be a playoff team. Their only news to date is re-signing Vince Carter. Woo-hoo!!!!

July 10, 2012  09:11 AM ET
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Chances for a playoff appearance this coming season are zero.

They are starting to look more like the the Mavs of the 90's.

July 10, 2012  09:20 AM ET
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I see Cuban's plan into 2013 which I think is quite realistic. It may not be popular with the fans but it's the best way to go. Mavs will tank the next season or two for high draft picks and will have a ton of cap space as well. It's a brave and wise move on the part of Cuban. I won't be shocked if they trade Dirk for high picks...

Cuban would rather eat his young than trade Dirk.

July 10, 2012  09:20 AM ET
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I see Cuban's plan into 2013 which I think is quite realistic. It may not be popular with the fans but it's the best way to go. Mavs will tank the next season or two for high draft picks and will have a ton of cap space as well. It's a brave and wise move on the part of Cuban. I won't be shocked if they trade Dirk for high picks...

Cuban would rather eat his young than trade Dirk.

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July 10, 2012  09:26 AM ET
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Cuban would rather eat his young than trade Dirk.

I think Dirk will understand if and when the decision is made to let him go. Look at the Spurs for instance... they kept adding pieces for Duncan and it didn't work. They always fell short in the playoffs when TD was past his prime. So the only way to get back up is to fall flat. Lakers are another example of a team with an all time great that's been on a steady decline once that great player past his prime. So yes Cuban will try to hold on to Dirk as he rebuilds but what's the use?

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