It’s not new, but Ray Allen repeats his desire to stay with the C’s beyond this season, when his $19M deal expires. Here’s Ray talking to Peter May for Yahoo!:
”It’s a great situation here,” said Allen, who has not missed a game this season and is second in scoring and minutes, both to Paul Pierce. ”I’m a loyal individual. I don’t look at it like, ‘what other teams have cap space and all that.’ My agent will keep me informed as to other potential situations, I’m sure. But this is what I know. My house is here in Boston. I want to do everything I can to make sure I stay here and finish my career out.”
I love Ray Allen. I attended the Kentucky-UConn game at Madison Square Garden last night (which I may write more about if I find some time—just an incredible atmosphere), and I was heartened to see a bunch of UConn fans wearing Allen C’s jerseys. Everyone loves Ray.
Anyway, he adds this:
”My family is comfortable here,” Allen said. ”My son with the diabetes, that’s important. Obviously, I want to be here.”
The question, already tired among these parts, is how much Ray is worth going forward. Peter May brings the speculation:
More likely is a deal along the lines of what Jason Kidd did in Dallas (three years, $25 million) or Steve Nash did in Phoenix (two years, $22 million), which at least captures the timeline, as Allen said he has every intention of playing two to three more seasons. Looking at him and watching him play, one can easily see that happening.