Ray Allen has finally made a decision, and it's not the one the Celtics had hoped for. After spending the night in Miami, Allen has decided to agree to take the Heat's offer of the taxpayer mid-level, which starts at $3.09 million. Heat managing general partner Micky Arison announced the agreement via twitter: "Its 2:30am in London and I was just woken up with great news. Welcome to the family #20!!"
The Celtics had offered a two-year deal for $12 million.
Despite the fact that Allen lost his starting job late in the season to Avery Bradley and the team's agreement to terms with scoring guard Jason Terry, members of the Celtics front office insisted that there was a place for Allen. Ultimately, the 16-year pro didn't see it that way.
Allen has always been the most likely of the Big Three to go. He was almost traded in 2010 and again last season. He decided to re-sign in 2010 and exercise his option last season, but after missing 20 games because of injuries and hobbling through the postseason with ankle spurs hindering his movement, Allen has decided to move on.
With Allen gone, the Celtics will turn to locking up free agent forward Jeff Green. Reached by phone on Thursday, his agent David Falk said that he was optimistic the two sides could come to an agreement, but hinted it may not happen until next week.
Allen's departure limits the Celtics to a degree. They are over the cap and committed to staying under the luxury tax apron, which is expected to be $74.3 million. By using their mid-level exception on Terry, the Celtics can still re-sign some of their free agents such as Mickael Pietrus, Greg Stiemsma and Keyon Dooling. They could also use the bi-annual exception, a two-year deal worth almost $4 million to try and shore up their frontcourt.
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — WEEI.com’s Mike Petraglia and Chris Price explain how the Patriots held off the Jets, 17-16, Sunday at MetLife Stadium to improve to 12-3 and lock up a first-round bye in the AFC playoffs.
Greg and Steve give their final thoughts and predictions for what is about to go down at MetLife Stadium today.
Curran calls the guys to discuss the game today and gets into the effect of having no Edelman. He talks about Amendola's role, the Pats running game and more.
Jackie MacMullen, ESPN Boston, talks with MFB about Rondo being traded to the Dallas Mavericks, and how this will have an effect on the Celtics rebuild process
How have the Celtics looked after a couple weeks? Could they be a playoff team? These questions and more...
Sam and Ben talk with Greg Dickerson about how fun this year's Celtics team is to watch as well Jeff Green trade ideas.
Mut, Rob, and Alex talk with former Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester. Jon talks about his experiences with free agency, what it would have taken to sign him to the Red Sox last season, and his experiences with fans since signing with the Cubs.
Mut, Rob, and Alex talk with newly signed Red Sox pitcher, Wade Miley. They talk about the story that came out about the D-Backs wanting him to switch to a gluten-free diet, and what he expects coming from the N.L. West to the A.L. East.
The boys are back at it, Mut, Rob, and Alex talk with former Red Sox pitcher and new Chicago Cub Jon Lester, they then talk with new Red Sox pitcher and ongoing consumer of gluten, Wade Miley.
Pierre joins the show to talk about the Bruins-Wild game, Bruins trade rumors, and the rest of the NHL.
Jack Edwards talks with Dale, Michael and Jerry Thornton and drops the bomb on us that based on how the standings look now, the Bruins could miss the playoffs this season.
Pierre joins the guys to talk about the Bruins and all things NHL
Curtis spoke with some nut jobs outside the courtroom.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
Jeff Goodman discussed the Rondo trade.
Christian quizzes Lou and Tim on which songs were used for torture by the CIA, and Tim is upset he couldn't remember Team America: World Police
Adam Schefter, ESPN, joins MFB to discuss Jim Harbaugh rumors, Rex Ryan's future, and why the Patriots may be better served by not wraping up the number one seed in the AFC this week
Christian shares what he believes will be the three keys to this Sunday's game against the New York Jets
We check in with the playmaker, the hall of famer Michael Irvin for a look at the NFL and all things Patriots as they prepare to face the Jets.
Dale and Michael discuss the trade of Rajon Rondo, and whether it ultimately was a good deal for the Celtics.
We break down Rex and the Jets vs the Patriots with CSNNE's Tom E Curran
Kay comes into the show to try out for the textress role on the program. We learn about her favorite sports and fondness for Rajon Rondo.
Mikey, Mut, Lenny and Kerry Byrne are taling Patriots-Jets and the potential end of Rex Ryan's coaching career with the team.
Tonight marks 9 straight years of the Planet Mikey Show. We play some sound from the takeover which got Planet Mikey rolling .
Jen Royle joins the show to talk about The Taste and what its like working with amazing chefs and how her personality is going over with viewers.
What should Danny Ainge do with these Celtics? Is Anthony Davis the second best player in the NBA? Are the Warriors truly contenders?
Ryan Lambert of Puck Daddy joins DJ to discuss the "uncoachable(?)" Taylor Hall and revisit the Tyler Seguin trade. Ryan also shares his issues with how the Bruins are run.
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