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Here’s the same opening line you’re going to read in every article about this news:
Ray Allen is taking his talents to South Beach.
That’s correct. Allen, the most prolific three-point shooter of all time, has agreed to sign a three-year deal at the mid-level exception (a maximum of about $9.5 million) to join LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and the defending NBA Champion Miami Heat.
Allen turned down a richer deal from the Celtics, who offered a two-year deal worth $12 million and a no-trade clause.
The soon-to-be 37-year-old played five years with the Celtics, winning the NBA title in 2008 and nearly another one in 2010. The C’s, of course, made a deep run in the 2012 playoffs before falling short in seven games against the Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals.
His decision brings to an end the “Big Three” era and creates a new “Big Four” in Miami. One could argue that the Celtics still really have a “Big Three” including point guard Rajon Rondo.
Allen cannot sign his new deal until next week.
SoB’s Nathan Hodge will further examine Allen’s decision on Saturday.