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Ray Allen Signs With Heat

JULY 15 12:40pm: According to a Miami Herald report, Ray Allen's contract has a player option for the 2013-14 season, giving the lethal three-point shooter an opt-out opportunity should things not work out after the first year. 

WEDNESDAY, 10:02am: The Heat have officially signed Allen, the team announced in a press release.

FRIDAY, 8:52pm: The Heat have reached agreement on a deal with free agent guard Ray Allen, Heat owner Micky Arison announced via Twitter.  The agreement was confirmed by agent Jim Tanner, tweets Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated.  The veteran is widely expected to sign for the mini mid-level exception, worth $3.09MM per year.

"Its 2:30am in London and I was just woken up with great news. Welcome to the family #20!!," Arison announced.

Allen met with Miami on Thursday night without giving them an answer on their contract offer.  The 36-year-old reportedly whittled his choices down to the Heat and Celtics, despite interest from other clubs including the Timberwolves and Grizzlies.

The C's were reportedly willing to give Allen a two-year deal worth $12MM – nearly double of the average annual value of Miami's offer.  Several sources told Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports (via Twitter) that the deterioration of Allen's relationship with point guard Rajon Rondo played a significant factor in his departure.

The Celtics effectively insured themselves against Allen's departure when they signed Jason Terry to a three-year deal for the mid-level exception.  Despite adding another veteran guard to the mix, Boston still hoped to retain the sharp-shooting Allen.  Terry should at least help to fortify Boston's perimeter shooting as he boasts a career 38% percentage from beyond the arc.

As for Miami, the defending champs have added yet another scoring threat in the backcourt to help keep defenses honest LeBron James and Dwayne Wade.  Allen averaged 14.2 PPG while shooting an eye-popping 45.3% from downtown in 46 games last season.


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11 thoughts on “Ray Allen Signs With Heat

  1. Packmuly

    Hell yeah!!!

  2. Aaron

    Wow. Ray’s never going to leave the three point line. As a celtics fan, it disgusts me to see him jump ship for the heat, but I’m not surprised. I loved Ray’s clutch shooting, but his game is pretty limited at this point in his career. I think Jason Terry will fill his shoes.

  3. Fred Bobertson

    good to see an aging great take his best chance at a title over $$$

  4. dc21892

    Devistated as a C’s fan. Even though he is 37, he is a starter on most teams in this league.

    • alphakira

      As a NYer, I hate to console a Celtics fan, but take your heart out of it for a second. You got a slightly younger SG in Terry that doesn’t have a bad history with Rondo and will happily play behind Bradley – which Allen clearly wouldn’t do. You guys will be fine and may have actually upgraded at this point in Terry/Allen’s careers.

  5. Chisoxrule30

    Did Allen tarnish his legacy with Boston? link to

  6. Michael Porter

    Not a big loss for the Celtics considering they picked up Jason Terry, who has a better overall game than Ray Allen does. Plus a much more willing 6th man. Boston will be alright.

  7. DWADE

    i have a hall of fame back up

  8. Terrence877

    rayray is heat’s gain and the celts loss. why the hell they got terry in the first place???

  9. chief00

    The bone spurs and poor relationship with Rondo were the two elements that made re-signing Allen a gamble. Terry’s open to coming off the bench and is a better passer. It’s a big hole to fill, but Terry has the skills to make a serious contribution. Plus they saw off at a title and a runner-up apiece, so BOS isn’t sacrificing meaningful playoff experience. I guess we’ll all find out at the same time….

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