Ray Allen is taking his talents to South Beach.
Reports broke last night that Allen intends to sign a three-year deal with the Heat, taking less money to play for the 2011-2012 champions instead of the team he spent the last five seasons with.
An unrestricted free agent, Allen turned down more money from the Celtics to play for the Heat. Miami is limited to giving Allen the taxpayers’ midlevel exception, worth $3.1 million annually, over three years. The Celtics were reportedly offering Allen about $6 million a season in a two-year deal.
Once Boston signed Kevin Garnett, Allen became their top prospect. However, as rumors began that Allen considered Miami as a potential destination, there were just signs pointing to the end of his time in Boston.
There was a lot of speculation over why Allen wanted to leave Boston, from his feud and poor relationship with Rajon Rondo, to his anger toward coming off the bench. Ultimately, Allen made his decision, and now the Celtics have to live with it and move on.
As a Celtics fan and Boston sports fan, this definitely hurts. Allen is not the first player to leave Boston and go to a rival team, but Danny Ainge and the Boston Celtics organization are having a great offseason thus far. They will definitely make sure to put a championship-contending team out on that court every single night once the season starts.