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Ray Allen exercises option, will remain a Celtic

Jun 7, 2011, 4:28 PM EDT

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The NBA’s all-time leading three-point shooter isn’t going anywhere next season. According to A. Sherrod Blakely of CNNSE.com, Allen exercised the second-year option on his contract on Tuesday, which will pay him exactly $10 million next season.

Obviously, this is a win-win for all parties involved. Allen makes 10 million dollars, which is a lot of money, and doesn’t have to worry about how the upcoming CBA battle will impact his pay next season. He also gets to stay with the Celtics, who he’s won a ring with and clearly enjoys being a part of.

The Celtics should be thrilled to retain Allen as well. Allen may be 35, but players don’t loose their shooting strokes as they age, and Allen may have the best stroke in the history of the league.

Allen is still one of the league’s best shooters, having shot a career-high 44% on threes last season (as Blakely noted), has transformed himself into a complete scorer who can put in a bucket from any spot on the floor, is one of the game’s smartest offensive and defensive players, and no player puts more work into keeping his body working and his skills sharp than Allen. I can easily see Allen playing effective ball until he’s nearly 40, assuming he has the desire to do so.

The Celtics/Allen partnership has been successful ever since the Celtics traded the #5 overall pick (who turned into Jeff Green, ironically enough) to get him, and both parties should be glad that it will continue for at least another year. The only people who should be disappointed by this are those who were hoping to see He Got Game 2: Jesus’ Free Agency Decision in the near future. And hey, if the lockout goes on for long enough, that might happen anyways.

  1. barkley4life - Jun 7, 2011 at 4:40 PM

    Idk…he would’ve made a ton of sense to OKC and Chicago. Have to give respect to the loyalty factor.

  2. randysavage4ever - Jun 7, 2011 at 5:29 PM

    his legacy changed the day he got to the celtics – why would he leave?

    he has become an NBA champ, been competing for the title yearly, 3 point record, HOF status, cemented his legacy as being CLUTCH, & probably extended his career by 2-3 more years just off NOT being the #1 option all time like he was with the Bucks & Sonics…

    makes sense to me & i expect Boston to be back in the running next year as usual…

  3. me04015 - Jun 7, 2011 at 5:44 PM

    Hes a great shooter, but the Celtics need to learn how to use him in situations better, matching him up to guard a much faster Dwayne Wade didn’t work out defensively. And it took so much out of him he was almost a non factor on offense.

  4. ingloriousmaster - Jun 7, 2011 at 7:28 PM

    as one of my favorite players on the C’s, I’m glad to see Ray back.

  5. zrbk - Jun 7, 2011 at 9:11 PM

    He spent his best years with the Bucks, and he was the alpha man of the Sonics that made it into second round of the playoffs. Nevertheless, I hope Ray will enter HOF as a Celtics. PP, KG, and even Rondo are bigger stars now, but nobody is more valuable to Boston when it comes to clutch time.

  6. genericcommenter - Jun 8, 2011 at 1:49 AM

    Perhaps players don’t loose their shooting strokes as they age, but sometimes they tighten up.

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