The Miami Heat has scored another free-agent coup, convincing Ray Allen to leave a richer offer from the Celtics and consent to sign with the current champions, agent Jim Tanner related.
It is thought Allen will accept the Heat’s mid-level exception that begins at $3.09 million and may be worth up to $9.5 million over 3 seasons.
Boston, where Allen had played for the previous 5 seasons and won a championship in 2008, had offered Allen a 2 year agreement at double the salary for $12 million plus a no-trade clause. Football betting lines
An individual briefed on details of the decision recounted that Arison got the word from Heat president Pat Riley, who made Allen the team’s top free-agent priority — especially in the last few days. Allen, who will be 37 this month, arrived in Miami for a visit, went to dinner with Riley, Coach Erik Spoelstra, team executive Alonzo Mourning and others, then left to presumably decide his future.
Hours later, the choice was made. Allen’s agent, James Tanner, confirmed the decision.
Allen can’t officially sign till Wednesday thanks to the league’s moratorium.
According to numerous league sources, Allen had become annoyed during last season when the Celtics offered him up in trade talks and then stripped him of his beginning job in favor of the more youthful Avery Bradley. Allen, who averaged 11.9 points and shot 35% on 3-pointers in the Eastern Conference finals loss to the Heat, also had a disintegrating relationship with point guard Rajon Rondo.
Earlier on, the Celtics got a dedication from free-agent shooting guard Jason Terry, though the team pitched Allen that they 2 could play together.
The Heat’s offer to Allen focused on playing with James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in a selection of lineups.
“HeatNation continues to grow,” Wade wrote on his social account.
The all time leader in 3-pointers made with 2,718, Allen joins an already deep group of wing players. But with Mike Miller considering back surgery and Wade lined up for minor knee surgery next week, the Heat felt getting more depth was a priority.
Allen had surgery last month to remove bone spurs from his ankle but he is anticipated to be healthy in time for the start of training camp.
The Heat are not done with free agency — they’ve still got three roster places and are hosting veteran free-agent big men Marcus Camby and Rashard Lewis for visits during the weekend.
They can only offer each the $1.4 million veteran’s minimum salary to sign them outright. But it’s actually possible they could work out a sign-and-trade with the Rockets for Camby if he would like to sign in Miami. Both players have other suitors.
The Celtics have been one of the most active teams in free agency, agreeing to new deals with Kevin Garnett, Terry and Brandon Bass, and remaining in deep talks with Jeff Green.
With Allen choosing the Miami Heat, the Celtics still have $6 million in salary-cap space they can offer to other free agents.
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