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Ray Allen says he wants multi-year extension with Celtics

Jan 4, 2012, 8:02 AM EDT

Boston Celtics guard Allen drives to the basket defended by Detroit Pistons guard Gordon in NBA game in Boston AP

There have been questions about the Celtics this season, and there will continue to be up and into the playoffs.

But not about Ray Allen. At age 36 he is averaging 20 points per game, shooting 61.1 percent from three and 56.5 percent overall (up from a still good 49.1 percent last year). It’s only six games, but his PER is higher than it has ever been in his career.

This year is the second and last year of Allen’s extension with the Celtics, and he tells Chris Tomasson of Fox Sports Florida he’d like to stay a Celtic for a little while.

Allen will be a free agent next summer. When asked if he wants to re-sign with the Celtics, he offered a quick, “Yeah.” Does he think he can get another multi-year deal from them at 37?

“Yeah,” said Allen, in the second-year of a two-year, $20 million contract. “That’s what I want.”

He’s playing well, teams will be lined up for a shot at him. But will that be Boston? They also have Kevin Garnett’s deal up and the Celtics need to decide whether to bring them back and make another run or get on with the business of rebuilding. Which option may well depend on how Boston does in the playoffs.

But whatever Boston decides Ray Allen will have plenty of people lined up for his services. Likely including a few contenders.

  1. frankvzappa - Jan 4, 2012 at 9:08 AM

    Age will affect KG a lot more than it will affect Allen. KG is a jump shooter now for crying out loud. I expect KG to be gone, but a veteran shooter and class act like Allen will be worth the money for the Celtics while they start to rebuild.

  2. keyshawn22 - Jan 4, 2012 at 9:29 AM

    A true professional Ray is the type of player who’s game will help any team. He creates spacing he can handle the ball and he doesn’t cause problems.

    Hopefully the celtics are smart and resign him to a 2-3 year deal. Even if he slows down as he ages, a guard who can shoot has value even as a bench player.

  3. neelymessier - Jan 4, 2012 at 10:04 AM

    Love the Celts, Ray and his Mom, but Ray really doesn’t do much ecept shoot. He’s either hot or cold, so far this year hot. But in simple terms he is not worth a $40 million dollar investment at his age. It’s okay to keep playing the Big Three except if they want new multi-year contracts paying close to top dollar. That money should be more wisely spent.

    • giselleisasucubus - Jan 4, 2012 at 11:25 AM

      sorry, but you are dead wrong. All he does is shoot? Really? How about the fact that he is a matchup nightmare, he spaces the court simply w/his presense, he has stamina for days, and clearty people dont pay attention to how good a defender he is. Give him 3 years, 30 mil. The guy is NOT slowing down, and if he was just a shooter, he wouldnt have made well over 100 mil in the NBA.

  4. dylude - Jan 4, 2012 at 10:30 AM

    To Neelymessier:

    Where did you get $40 million from? Did you multiply instead of divide? Lol. Come on bro… READ! He is asking for $10 mil/year which means the Celtics will offer him a 2 year deal worth around $17 mil and a partially guaranteed buy-out for the 2nd year. Something similar to Dalembert’s deal in Houston. First year $8 million, Second year $7 with a $2 million buyout. That’s still a nice contract for Ray, no one would think he’d command that 4 years ago at the age he is now.

  5. beagle11 - Jan 4, 2012 at 12:37 PM

    We should all be expecting Mr. Shuttlesworth to sign a deal for the veterans minimum with a contender considering his comments about David West last month.

    • beagle11 - Jan 4, 2012 at 2:48 PM

      Wahh someone had something negative to say about a celtic =*(

      • bozosforall - Jan 4, 2012 at 7:30 PM

        LMAO, beagle.

        But yes, Celtics fans are the biggest crybabies on the planet.

  6. neelymessier - Jan 4, 2012 at 12:45 PM

    Plenty of shooters have made 100 mill. His half court d is mediocre. His transition game so-so. of course a good 3 pt shooter who floats around beyond the arc will “space the floor”, I would keep him for 10 mil per year, but wouldn’t pay him more than Rose. He doesn’t steal the ball or get rebounds or assists. So go ahead and give a guy with 15 seasons, about to turn 37 top dollar for being a great 3 pt shooter. For top dollar, I’d like to see the best available free agent.

  7. bozosforall - Jan 4, 2012 at 7:31 PM

    Go for it, Celtics…overpay for him. It’s not like your old ass team is going to do anything in the playoffs in the near future.

  8. glink123 - Jan 4, 2012 at 10:51 PM

    my prediction: Garnett and Rose both sign with the Bulls next year for veteran minimum deals, for a shot at two more rings.

  9. glink123 - Jan 4, 2012 at 10:52 PM

    …Garnett and Allen.

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