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Ladies and gentlemen of Boston: Ray Allen has done what everyone hoped he wouldn’t and signed with the Miami Heat.
After an overnight stay in Miami, being woo’ed by Pat Riley, Eric Spoelstra, and other members of the Heat managment, Allen decided to take his talents to south beach. The deal is for three years and $9.5 million.
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports reported via Twitter that the deterioration of Ray Allen’s relationship with Rajon Rondo played a significant factor in his leaving for Miami. Several sources also told Wojnarowski that Allen was upset at the near trade to Memphis this past season at the deadline. Other sources have claimed Allen was upset over losing his starting role to Avery Bradley at the end of the season.
Whatever the reason, it’s hard to get by the fact is Ray Allen took less money to join the defending champion Miami Heat. The Celtics offered him double what the Heat could pay and even offered a no-trade clause, but Allen decided against a sixth and seventh year in Boston.
The complaints about Rondo, and losing time to Bradley seem incredibly irrational. Bradley was playing much better, especially defensively, and Allen was hobbled by bone spurs that severely affected his performance in the postseason. The no-trade clause would have guaranteed no more trade rumors, and the fact the Celtics doubled the Heat’s offer leaves everyone in Boston scratching their heads at this deal.
While Ray was a terrific player and a class act, I do not see him receiving a warm welcome when he returns to Boston this year. He sold his soul to the devil, and for half the price at that.