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Ray Allen says return to finals validation for offseason move

Jun 4, 2013, 1:37 PM EDT

Miami Heat's Allen celebrates a three point shot against the Indiana Pacers during Game 7 of their NBA Eastern Conference final basketball playoff in Miami Reuters

There was some reports yesterday that Ray Allen was considering opting out of his contract for next season in Miami because he wanted to return to Boston. Among the flaws of this rumor was the presumption that the Celtics organization wants him back.

Besides, Ray Allen is where he wants to be — back in the NBA Finals. And he played a key role in Game 7 getting the Heat to this point, knocking down threes.

Ray Allen angered a lot of Celtics fans taking less money to bolt to the hated Heat last summer, but he told the Sporting News this is exactly why he did it, he feels validation.

“Yeah, it does,” he said. “When we sat down and we talked about it, we being my family and the people that supported me over my life, we talked about being selfish and giving ourselves the best opportunity to win. We wanted to win, we didn’t want to be in a situation where we were going to struggle. Sitting here in this situation, it’s a great relief. Because sometimes you take a gamble. Your family believes in you, and we’re here and I can say that we’re in the situation we put ourselves in and we’re happy with it. We know that we can see the end of the road.”

Allen was offered three years, $9.5 million by the Celtics but took two years (the second a player option) at $6.2 million to be in South Beach. There was certainly a little bad blood there, tied to Allen feeling Danny Ainge shopped him around, but mostly it was about this for Allen. He wanted another ring and Miami was more likely to offer him one. Boston fans felt betrayed, which is fine.

But Allen likes where he is. And he’s not coming back to Boston.

  1. antipc01 - Jun 4, 2013 at 5:44 PM

    I have decided to return here to help educate the confused Spur fans. I will take a little of my valuable time to help school you as I used to when my Mavs kept eliminating you!!!

  2. golfrangeman - Jun 4, 2013 at 7:39 PM

    Barkley left Philly Malone left Utah

    • bigdny99 - Jun 10, 2013 at 8:36 PM

      Not a valid response because neither won a championship with those teams. He did in Boston

  3. scorp16 - Jun 4, 2013 at 7:59 PM

    Seriously….Where do some of these rumors come from? Okay I got one…..This is from a Very Very Reliable Source. This is what is actually going to happen.

    Okay…so Ray Allen wants to back to Boston. They are going to bring Perkins back too.
    LeBron is going back to Cleveland and Bosh says he misses Toronto.

    So let’s see. Boston beats Toronto, Miami and Cleveland in the playoffs next year then loses to the Thunder (cause I heard Harden wants to go back to OKC)

    The following year Wade, Bosh and LeBron are tired of losing to Boston and opt of their contracts in 2015 to join forces in Miami. Then Ainge trades Allen to Miami at the deadline for Michael Beasley (who I heard is already looking for a house in Kendall).

  4. 8bithero12 - Jun 4, 2013 at 10:10 PM

    Say what you want, LeBron James is a game changer. I don’t blame Ray for wanting to be a part of that.

  5. jtmartinez34 - Jun 4, 2013 at 10:14 PM

    Traitor turd with that nose and permanent “who farted” look on his face.

  6. txnative61 - Jun 5, 2013 at 1:16 AM

    Ray is the best at appraising his own talent and his team’s situation. He actually tried loyalty and carrying the Supersonics for a number of years before jumping to Boston. He correctly assessed that the Celtics only wanted to sign him before trading him to a cellar dweller—and opted to play out his career for less money with a winner where he could still be relevant. Two things a pure shooting guard cannot do—-stay hot EVERY night and consistently carry a team on his own. Still, he’ll go down as one of the best.

  7. lemfaxx - Jun 5, 2013 at 6:30 AM

    … And he is far better than terry

  8. halfbaht - Jun 5, 2013 at 8:52 AM

    We don’t want Judas back in Boston. Go Spurs!

    • hehateme2 - Jun 5, 2013 at 12:01 PM


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