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It’s official, Ray Allen signs with Heat (Rashard Lewis, too)

Jul 11, 2012, 12:42 PM EDT

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

We knew it was coming, but it still seems a little strange to see Ray Allen sitting there with Pat Riley and holding up a Miami Heat jersey.

Allen admitted this came out of the blue as well, saying he cried after the Heat eliminated the Celtics in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals and he never expected to sign with the Heat. Allen was emotional and said he was really going to miss those guys in Boston, and the fans as well.

But there he was, on the stage, and it is official. Allen signed a three-year, $9 million deal (the tax-payers mid-level exception) to take his talents to South Beach. There he will be joined by Rashard Lewis.

So does this make the Heat the favorites in the East? You bet, the NBA champs just got better. But Allen was more cautious, as quoted by Chris Tomasson of Fox Sports Florida.

“The work still has to be put in. I look at Boston and they had a great chance and they made some great signing, commitments this past week. I look at this situation and I thought about what’s best for my kids and my wife.”

Allen tried to play down his friction with Rajon Rondo, which had been reported as one of the reasons he decided to leave Boston, take less money and go to a rival. From the twitter of David Aldridge of NBA.com.

“There’s differences. We all have differences. Paul eats corn flakes. I may not like corn flakes.”

Who doesn’t like corn flakes?

With the addition of three-point shooters like Lewis and Allen, it’s easy to picture the Heat going with the small lineups that were so successful in the playoffs — Chris Bosh as the center, LeBron James as the four, and making sure there are shooters to spread the floor at all times.

But Riley tried to downplay that, saying what they were going to do is play lineups that win games. In reality, that’s some small ball. Lewis summed it up well at his press conference. From the AP.

You’ve got to double-team LeBron. You have to double-team Dwyane Wade. You’ve got to double-team Chris Bosh. And then you think they’re going to leave Ray Allen open?” Lewis said…. “They’ve got to leave somebody open. So I have to go shoot a million jumpers tonight and be ready to knock them down. Somebody’s got to be open.”

  1. canehouse - Jul 11, 2012 at 12:50 PM

    Welcome to Miami #34 and #9! We are very glad to have you in our community!

    • 1972wasalongtimeago - Jul 11, 2012 at 6:03 PM

      Before Miami had a team, I was was huge Seattle Supersonics fan as a kid. Loved DJ and Gus Williams. Sikma, Lonnie, Downtown Freddie Brown, JJ, even a young Vinny Johnson. Even hung in there in the James Donaldson, Bill Hanzlik, and Danny Vranes years. Then of course the Dale Ellis, Tom Chambers , and X-Man years. I loved the Uni’s. I loved the Kingdome. I even loved Lenny Wilkens’ puzzling hair.

      This Finals, the entire country besides South Florida and Seattle; were pulling for the Thunder. We continued the Seattle love (inadvertent or not) today with Ray and Rashard.

      As a Heat fan, all I can do is quote Eddie, Stone, Jeff, Mike, & Matt (and Boom):
      “It’s rare when there is nothing wrong
      Survived and you’re among the fittest
      Love ain’t love until you feel it
      Up, Riding High Amongst the Waves”

  2. franchiseplaya - Jul 11, 2012 at 12:59 PM

    so where does this leave Mike Miller? feel bad for him as he gutted his way thru an injury riddled season and never used it as an excuse. dude def has more heart than lewis.

    • tanna456 - Jul 11, 2012 at 4:44 PM

      Don’t feel bad for Mike Miller. He has his spot on the team if he chooses to stay, however he is seriously contemplating retirement which is why Miami is covering their bases. I’m not sure Mike’s body can take another season. He has his ring and now he needs to think about his future. He needs to think about the fact that if he continues to play it might affect his ability to play with his very young children as they grow up. His priorities seem to be in the right place!

  3. snipedanglecelly13 - Jul 11, 2012 at 12:59 PM

    Lol how much money do the heat have???? They are gonna be almost unbeatable!

    • canehouse - Jul 11, 2012 at 1:28 PM

      It’s not about the money… It’s about… sending a message!

  4. reesesteel23 - Jul 11, 2012 at 12:59 PM

    Wow…if Rashard jumper is on, Miami will be twice as scary

  5. anotheryx - Jul 11, 2012 at 1:00 PM

    So… did Ray cry before or after practically mugged everyone on Heat trying to hug them after game 7?

    • j0esixpack - Jul 11, 2012 at 1:13 PM

      It was probably after the officials mugged the Celtics in Game 2.

      After that they rattled off three straight wins – which would have been 4 wins and the series had the officials not called those bogus technicals every time the Celtics built some momentum.

      But one has to accept that even when the Tim Donaghys of the NBA attempt to fix games, that simply means that the players have to give themselves enough of a point buffer to stop that from happening and avoid close games.

      • k3nn3k - Jul 11, 2012 at 1:33 PM

        These sound like excuses to me. Every team gets bad calls against them.

      • j0esixpack - Jul 11, 2012 at 1:36 PM

        Ummm – did you see those technicals?

        Even Heat fans were embarrassed by those calls.

        But I agree – if you’re up against a good team and bad (or perhaps corrupt) officials – don’t give them the chance to pull a Donaghy and throw the game.

      • willthedolphinseverwin - Jul 11, 2012 at 3:25 PM

        stop crying and zip up those “coulda woulda shouldas!” if your grandma had wheels she would be a bike. GO HEAT! not 1 not 2 not 3……….

      • truthhurtstoo - Jul 11, 2012 at 3:27 PM

        No chance- still can’t see the truth? So typical of poor losers

      • tanna456 - Jul 11, 2012 at 4:48 PM

        To @ j0esixpack: One word; Ridiculous………..

      • j0esixpack - Jul 11, 2012 at 5:02 PM

        Ummm – did you see those technicals?

        Even Heat fans were embarrassed by those calls.

        But I agree – if you’re up against a good team and bad (or perhaps corrupt) officials – don’t give them the chance to pull a Donaghy and throw the game

    • mccoy681 - Jul 12, 2012 at 9:37 PM

      Ray’s been a class individual long before he joined the NBA. To congratulate the champs is a part of his classy personality. Our Celtics will be back in the playoffs next year.

  6. donfelder440 - Jul 11, 2012 at 1:07 PM

    Haven’t seen Lewis play at all the last couple years, but isn’t he a shadow of his former self, the fact he was stuck in DC basketball purgatory notwithstanding?

    • phaden27 - Jul 11, 2012 at 1:13 PM

      That’s giving his shadow too much credit.

  7. tomtravis76 - Jul 11, 2012 at 1:11 PM

    Still would like to see the Heat get some more size at the center position. Pat is not done selling.

  8. j0esixpack - Jul 11, 2012 at 1:34 PM

    I have to say, Miami probably is the best place for Ray Allen.

    With that much offensive firepower he’s going to have a MUCH easier time getting an open shot there.

    Also before he played for Doc Rivers he was regarded as a player who didn’t like to play defense.

    At age 37, he will be better offensively if he’s on a team that doesn’t expect players to be as tenacious on defense and he can conserve energy.

    On the Celtics he’d be a third string player behind Bradley and Terry (well, he and Terry would have been 2a and 2b in rotation but I digress)

    For the Heat he will likely be their go to 6th man and of course they have good a shot if not better than the Celtics to make it to the Championship.

    Ray’s reported laughable somewhat insulting request of 3 years $27 million from the Celts not withstanding, I’m rooting against him when they play the Celtics but I still wish him the best and appreciate all he did in his years wearing the green!

    • miamatt - Jul 11, 2012 at 2:07 PM

      I agree with most of what you say, although to imply that the the Heat “don’t expect players to be as tenacious on defense” doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. Their athleticism and yes, tenacity on defense is as much their calling card as anything else. Has been since Riley arrived. Still, you are correct that he fits in Miami more as a 3-point specialist than anything else, and he won’t have to work as hard to get open down here.

      And I’d hardly call a request of 3 years/$27 million insulting, especially given what they paid KG. I’ll agree that KG is the guy the Celtics needed to pay, and good move by Boston NOT giving Ray that much money, but we’ve all seen lesser players sign even bigger contracts than that.

  9. trybe29dr - Jul 11, 2012 at 1:41 PM

    Mike Miller is gonna retire…or be amnestied…suddenly that “not 2, not 3, not 4, not 5, not 6, not 7″ statement doesnt seem so ridiculous now does it?

  10. donfelder440 - Jul 11, 2012 at 2:26 PM

    I’d like to see an article detailing how the Heat are acquiring all of these players (i.e., cap implications, luxury tax, etc).

    • j0esixpack - Jul 11, 2012 at 2:33 PM

      Something like $3 million a year for Allen (3 years) and $2 million a year for Lewis if I remember correctly (2 years)

      I guess Kurt Helin and others are critical of the extra years – which will be a factor if age and health become issues with both players – but that can happen to anyone.

      From a non-Heat fan perspective, getting both guys for $5 million total – regardless of the risk of the extra years – is a no-brainer. They’ve potentially added quality depth for very little money. If both players are busts they will be short on roster depth but will still be contenders because of their starters alone.

      It’s tough to see a downside.

      • 1972wasalongtimeago - Jul 11, 2012 at 5:12 PM

        I like j0esixpack. Seems like a good guy. I’ll be in Boston Sunday-Tuesday. Great town. Opinions are reasonable and he doesn’t get hysterical when a Heat fan posts that he or she is happy with the direction of the franchise (God forbid, a team that makes their fans happy, right)

        Just have to say though, the whole ref thing? It doesn’t make us feel bad because there are plenty of times in a game when we think the Heat gets screwed, but it makes Boston fans look bad. Just sayin’.

      • j0esixpack - Jul 11, 2012 at 6:21 PM

        I think what everyone can agree on – even David Stern – was that those calls made the Refs look bad.

        Doc Rivers and the players said things that have resulted in all kinds of fines when others have criticized the Refs in the past.

        Stern took no action… No fines… Not so much as a slap on the wrist regarding criticisms about the officiating.

        That’s as much as admitting the officials blew it for Stern.

    • nobandwagonridersallowed - Jul 11, 2012 at 8:36 PM

      They are able to get these players because they , the players, are accepting veteran minimum deals that don’t pay more than $1.4 Mil per season. So multiply that x’s the 3 years Ray Ray signed for and there you have his salary. So now that 2 yr $12 Million dollar offer from Boston doesn’t sound that much more now does it? Learn to look at the big picture my friends; Don’t just look at the finish line, look beyond it

  11. chiadam - Jul 11, 2012 at 2:34 PM

    Is that the only picture of Ray Allen that PBT has?

    • edweird0 - Jul 11, 2012 at 5:40 PM

      Nope but it’s the only one that fits into the medias perception of “south beach”

      • southbeachtalent - Jul 11, 2012 at 8:24 PM

        ed.. spot on.

  12. rockthered1286 - Jul 11, 2012 at 3:27 PM

    I’ve spent 2 miserable years watching ReTard Lewis in DC. Say what you want about motivation/surroundinding cast but he was the laziest, most inconsistent shell of a former great player I’ve ever seen. He made Blatche look good. For all the hard work Mikey Miller put into the Heats finals run last year I hope and Pray they release him and get burned by the decision. I’d welcome MM back over Lewis everyday and twice on Sundays.

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