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Ray Allen on Heat next season? That would feel odd.

Mar 22, 2012, 5:22 PM EDT

NBA basketball shooting guard Ray Allen, of the Boston Celtics, arrives at the 2011 ESPY Awards in Los Angeles Reuters

This playoffs could be the last run of this Boston Celtics era — Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen are free agents this summer, and with one year left on his deal the Celtics will look to move Paul Pierce (as they did at the trade deadline).

It is possible that none of it works out, that all four key players — Rajon Rondo is in there, too — will be back with the Celtics. But there are teams interested in getting some of these Celtics.

Which brings us to an interesting note from Marc Spears at Yahoo in an article about the Celtics after the trade deadline (via Hoopshype).

Allen’s free-agent options are up in the air. The Miami Heat are expected to make a strong run at signing him this summer, one league source said.

“First of all, (Boston) has to be willing to have me back,” Allen said. “Then you have to look around to see what’s acceptable and who is capable of having me on the team and then you go from there. It’s hard to really say.”

To play for Miami, Allen will have to take a steep pay cut. With each of Miami’s big three making more than $17 million, the Heat already have $78 million on the books for next season — that is over both the projected salary cap (by about $20 million) and luxury tax. Either the Celtics would agree to a sign-and-trade or Allen wants to play there at whatever salary because the Celtics and other teams could and will offer more money — shooters are always in demand.

But that’s something to watch this summer. It also will be interesting to see who comes forward and goes after Garnett.

  1. jjordannba - Mar 22, 2012 at 5:31 PM

    Ray Allen on the Heat, Never!

  2. rhetoric1 - Mar 22, 2012 at 5:35 PM

    Amnesty Miller (who has been utterly useless) and pick up Kaman instead!

  3. mikeewright7 - Mar 22, 2012 at 5:38 PM

    omfg please no, Ray Allen is my fav player plz dont go there, If Boston dont want you I bet Chicago or Clippers do…Go to Chicago Boston tried to trade you

  4. datkiidjc - Mar 22, 2012 at 5:43 PM

    heat will be to good … sounds awesome

  5. goforthanddie - Mar 22, 2012 at 5:43 PM

    If Miami doesn’t win it this year, Miami won’t be the attractive place to play it is now. I don’t see Boston doing them any favors w/ a sign and trade, and he’ll have championship-calibre teams offering him more than lunch money.

  6. sellahh - Mar 22, 2012 at 6:06 PM

    His 3pt FG percentage would probably be around 70% with all those DWade and LeBron kickouts. Oh me oh my.

  7. glink123 - Mar 22, 2012 at 6:12 PM

    Sources say Danny Ainge is looking for a package deal of Dexter Pittman, Mickell Gladness, and a 55 gallon drum of Pat Riley’s hair oil, in exchange for the soon-to-be 38 year old Allen, who says he can’t wait to play for the league minimum in Miami.

  8. ezmagic - Mar 22, 2012 at 6:15 PM

    Ray has more respect for himself then to go to the heat for minimum $. He’s already won a ring. 29 other teams will offer him more $. He does fit the heat prerequisite, he’s over 35 and almost washed up haha. I hate the heat and celtics but I respect Ray.

  9. onlyincleveland0316 - Mar 22, 2012 at 6:24 PM

    Maybe to play quarterback? South beach ain’t all it’s cracked up to be, is it phin fans?

  10. fanz928 - Mar 22, 2012 at 6:26 PM

    If Allen ends up in heats it all over. It’s over

  11. berbes - Mar 22, 2012 at 6:40 PM

    then, all miami would is kobe & rose to almost ensure laboob a ring. wait, don’t forget spiderman too.

    • goforthanddie - Mar 22, 2012 at 7:06 PM

      Well, they already have The Incredible Bulk (Curry) on the bench, maybe Spidey can keep him company.

  12. rooney24 - Mar 22, 2012 at 6:53 PM

    Allen seems more like a guy to take the money than to work for peanuts. I think he realizes that no team is a lock to get you a ring (and he already has one). He may take less to go to a slightly better team, and I don’t see him on a bottom feeder team, but I don’t think he will take minimum.

  13. acdc363 - Mar 22, 2012 at 7:28 PM

    Ray I love you stay in Boston

  14. lakerluver - Mar 22, 2012 at 7:55 PM

    Ray is much better than I ever thought he was. I underestimated his game when he was in the West. Dude can straight up ball. The fact that he’s still a really good player this late in his career says a lot.

  15. vikingsinla - Mar 22, 2012 at 8:30 PM

    Don’t ask him to play D, but in extremely limited minutes, Rayray would be an upgrade over Mike Miller, who can’t do much of anything anymore.

  16. southpaw77 - Mar 22, 2012 at 10:16 PM

    1.How many players do the Heat need for help?
    2. Why did we have a lockout and teams continue to go over the cap?
    3. Where is the so called harsh penalty for exceeding such salary cap?
    4. Does every player soon to be free have to go to Miami or LA?
    5. Why can’t Ray Allen join OKC, Cleveland, Phoenix or a team that actually needs a shooting guard because last I checked the Heat have Wade.

  17. 1972wasalongtimeago - Mar 22, 2012 at 11:48 PM

    Can we enjoy THIS season please?

  18. canehouse - Mar 23, 2012 at 1:06 AM

    For all of you narrow minded VAIN, ONLY LOOK AT MY IDOLS / TEAMS HATERS… HEAT, HEAT, HEAT!!!!! LOVE IT BY GOD!!!!

  19. stayhigh_247 - Mar 23, 2012 at 1:14 AM

    after D Wade, & Udonis he’d be the next guy with the most heart on that team, but I just dont see it happening. If Chicago could somehow move Hamilton this would be a good fit, reuniting him with Thibs in a system he already knows and he wouldn’t have to log big minutes . What team could account for D Rose, Ray and Kyle Korver on the floor together, you would have to stay home, you couldn’t double anybody.

  20. kebo7 - Mar 23, 2012 at 3:44 AM

    Sound good to me come on to the heat ray with open arms

  21. chiadam - Mar 23, 2012 at 9:28 AM

    Jesus. How much help does LeBron need??? And will he really feel satisfied with a ring (potentially) earned this way? Just keep on collecting broken-down stars to go chase rings. Shameful.

  22. 700levelvet - Mar 23, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    On the downlow Ray would be a perfect fit in South beach……….

  23. glink123 - Mar 25, 2012 at 11:11 PM

    Yeah. Because the formula of signing past-their-prime / has-been veterans has worked beautifully for Miami. Juwan Howard and Mike Bibby were studs last year man.

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