Via Ken Berger at CBS Sports:
But Allen is seeking a three-year deal, and could be presented with some intriguing options once James and Wade decide where to play. According to people familiar with their strategies, both players have prioritized recruiting a low-post scorer and 3-point shooter as they decide whether to stay with their existing teams or venture elsewhere.
A three-year deal makes me uncomfortable. Allen is the oldest of the Big Three, and he’ll be just about 38 by the end of a three-year deal. You can count the number of shooting guards who have been played above replacement level at that age on one hand. And while Allen’s work ethic and personal habits suggest he could be the kind of player who bucks some of those aging trends, you can only fight off father time for so long.
Expect the Celtics to fight Allen on that third year just as they fought Pierce for the final year on the Truth’s deal. They lost that fight with Pierce, and they’re not going to be in a strong position to negotiate hard against Allen, either.
But it’s a fight worth having, especially since Boston has a home-court advantage in dealing with Ray.