Jul 7, 2012, 1:33 AM EDT
This is what scares 29 other teams — the Miami Heat just got better.
Miami won a title this past season with Dwyane Wade dragging one leg around that needed surgery and Chris Bosh playing through an abdominal injury that is keeping him out of the Olympics. LeBron James now doesn’t have to deal with the weight of needing his first ring. And now they just added Ray Allen?
Miami got a big win by getting Allen.
It feels like a loss in Boston. Like a betrayal. Allen was one of the “Big Three” and they were getting the gang back together for one more run, and Allen was supposed to be a part of it.
But Allen didn’t owe Boston anything. And besides, the Celtics will be better next season, even without Allen.
While Boston fans are frustrated, Allen leaving should not be a surprise. Pretty much everyone around the team, every Celtics beat reporter said this was coming. First, the Celtics have tried to trade him three times in the last year — you want him to be loyal to you after you were willing to ship him out for the hot new thing without blinking?
And ultimately, it was his decision to make. He came to Boston via trade from Seattle, then two years ago took a below-market contract to stay a couple more years. He was loyal. Then was re-paid with trade rumors.
In the end, Boston will be fine. Really, the Celtics should be better next year. They bring back their core players. They add Jeff Green (probably; the four-year, $40 million deal is yet to be finalized). Jason Terry comes in as the new sixth man, who at this point in his career is flat out better than Allen. And Jared Sullinger can give them some solid minutes even as a rookie.
And Boston could be healthier.
Boston should be a better team next season than they were this season.
The problem is, so should Miami. And the Heat were already a couple steps ahead.