Report: Allen ‘Torn’ Over Celtics, Heat
BOSTON (CBS) – It’s a decision everyone is waiting on, but reports say it’s one Ray Allen is having a tough time making.
ESPN is reporting Allen is “torn” between choosing Boston or Miami, as the free agent left his Thursday meetings with the Heat without giving them an answer.
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While the defending champs have been making a hard push for the 16-year veteran, Allen returning to the Celtics is still on the table, a source told ESPN. Not only can they offer him more money than the Heat (two-years, $12 million compared to Miami’s mini mid-level at $3 million annually) but also might be tossing in a no-trade clause to sweeten the deal.
Allen has been part of trade rumors the past two years at the trade deadline, and a deal with Memphis was reportedly agreed upon last March. That deal fell through though, leading to some awkward times for the Celtics and Allen.
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While it is likely Allen will be coming off the bench with either of the two teams, sources told ESPN the Celtics have a new plan to play Allen alongside Jason Terry, who verbally committed to the Celtics on Tuesday.
For Boston, the fact Allen left Miami is probably a good sign. It was long thought that his decision was already made, but many feel now it will be a decision the veteran takes his time making.
The Minnesota Timberwolves are also said to be interested in Allen, who will turn 37 before next season begins.