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The 2011-2012 Celtics may look much different than the current C’s. The NBA lockout may have something to say about that. But, in the meantime, let’s take a look at one member of the Big Three who may already have played his last game in a Celtics uniform (though that’s unlikely).
Ray Allen has a player option, meaning he can return if he wants to. I’m 100% sure Allen will be back…for a few reasons:
First, he loves Boston and second, he is set to make $10 million next year and could not get that much anywhere else. One other reason could be the potential lockout. With the work stoppage looming, guys like Allen will be less likely to test the waters. Why pass up $10 million for uncertainty under a new collective bargaining agreement?
With Allen, it’s also important to look towards the future. I believe that next season will be his last in a Celtics uniform. At 35 years old, Allen only has two more good years left in him. Danny Ainge understands that and also understands that there are some big free agents hitting the market in 2012. Ray Allen would be 36 after next season and at that point he would most likely get a two year contract for around $12-15 million. I understand being loyal to a player that helped you win a championship, but you can not tie up $6-8 million in an aging player when Dwight Howard and other star-studded free agents will be available.
Probability of return: 100%