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Ray Allen opts in, will stay with Miami Heat next season

Jun 28, 2013, 7:11 PM EDT

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Ray Allen hit the biggest shot of the Miami Heat’s season, you thought he was leaving?

Allen probably could have made more money shopping himself around, but Allen has let the Heat know he is opting in and will stay with the team next season.

Allen will make $3.2 million. If he opted out he could have gotten a little more from the Heat or saw his value out on the open market. But he could have made more money in Boston, he went to Miami to win rings and so he’s going to stick around for a shot at another one in South Beach.

Allen averaged 10.9 points a game and shot 41.9 percent from three, a key part of the Heat’s “pace and space” strategy. He was particularly deadly from the corners — 48.8 percent from the left corner, 39.6 percent from the right. But he can knock down shots from pretty much anywhere but straight on (23.1 percent).

He also can put the ball on the floor and drive still, plus he’s a better defender than he gets credit for.

Miami didn’t want him to leave, and he’s staying. He’s not the Ray Allen of 10 years ago but he still has real value to Miami and they keep him at a bargain price.

  1. pmx8411 - Jun 28, 2013 at 7:19 PM

    Allen’s decision may have an impact on what the Heat decide to do with Miller but I think Riley wants to keep him

  2. bucrightoff - Jun 28, 2013 at 7:27 PM

    I’d say its more than just the biggest shot of the Heat’s season, its the biggest shot in Heat history.

    • hehateme2 - Jun 29, 2013 at 8:05 AM

      He’s in the best place possible for him. He mentioned how he likes it in Miami better than in other stops before. Plus, he’s winning rings…. not bad.

    • redbaronx - Jun 29, 2013 at 12:09 PM

      @bucrightoff – I couldn’t agree with you more. The Heat would have lost if it weren’t for that shot. The Heat win over Dallas was a no contest. LeBron’s shot in Game 7 was to win the series. But Ray’s shot gave the Heat a chance when they were total goners and the Spurs were going to win the series. So in context of the game and the series (Heat win or lose), that shot is the biggest shot in Heat history so far.

  3. udleerc - Jun 28, 2013 at 7:33 PM

    He shoulda went to the nets…. NOT!!!

  4. pgcubano - Jun 28, 2013 at 7:43 PM

    keep miller..that ray allen 3 in game 6 was classic btw

  5. dudermcrbohan - Jun 28, 2013 at 8:27 PM

    turncoat

    • hehateme2 - Jun 29, 2013 at 8:06 AM

      Tell that to Garnett and Pierce. What a joke .

  6. hojo20 - Jun 28, 2013 at 8:48 PM

    Smart move to leave the Celtics.

    • gofinsgoheatfloria - Jun 29, 2013 at 2:43 AM

      and made easier by the fact that the Celtics had been shopping him, and at one point even told him (incorrectly) that he had been traded. Now, the Celtics’ Big Three and the coach are all gone to other teams. No one (AFAIK) called this a year ago. As a basketball fan as well as a Heat fan, I hugely respect the Celtics amazing legacy and do not celebrate what has befallen them – I just note it, for the sake of whatever lessons there may be.

  7. nycalldayz - Jun 28, 2013 at 9:06 PM

    Where else would that old sharp shooter go.

    • fanofthegame79 - Jun 29, 2013 at 3:36 AM

      I was afraid he was going to run to Brooklyn.

  8. jimeejohnson - Jun 28, 2013 at 9:10 PM

    Oklahoma City could have used Allen but he didn’t leave Seattle with them. Boston snagged him. Remember when he was a Milwaukee Buck?

    • kinggw - Jun 28, 2013 at 9:11 PM

      Sure do, I remember when he was a part of one of the most unheralded big 3′s with Cassell and Big Dog Robinson.

  9. dolphindubs - Jun 28, 2013 at 9:26 PM

    Thank You Ray! We love you!

  10. jimmymarlinsfan - Jun 28, 2013 at 10:22 PM

    Back for thirds. Lets go Heat!

  11. 1972wasalongtimeago - Jun 29, 2013 at 12:44 AM

    Ray Allen, Mike Miller, & Shane Battier will never have to pay for a drink in this town ever again.

    • badintent - Jun 29, 2013 at 1:38 AM

      Or Steaks at Dennys !

  12. watermelon1 - Jun 29, 2013 at 9:41 AM

    Was kind if hoping for a reunion with Garnett and Pierce now that they broke free from Rondo.

    Oh well.

  13. miamatt - Jun 29, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    I still have to pinch myself when I see Ray Allen in Heat colors. His all around floor game, his intangibles, and that deadly 3-point shot- he can still be a big part of a team’s success.

  14. ike73 - Jun 29, 2013 at 12:04 PM

    Wow what a loyal guy!

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