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Fri, 07/06/2012 - 10:05pm  

Allen takes his talents to South Beach

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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