LAS VEGAS — Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge told the Globe late Tuesday that the club plans to sign Jason Terry using the mid-level exception and not through a sign-and-trade deal with the Dallas Mavericks. Terry is in Las Vegas with his daughter’s AAU basketball team and may sign the deal as early as Wednesday. Celtics tried to use the sign-and-trade agreement to free up their mid-level to pursue free-agent guard Courtney Lee but now have only the biannual exception that starts at $1.95 million.
“We were trying to sign Jason today,” Ainge said. “I was just trying to call him because I was hoping to play golf with Jason. We used our mid-level exception, so we have a hard cap at $74.3 million.”