Although it was a mere formality after his comments following the season-ending Game 5 loss against Miami, the C’s sharpshooting guard made his return official this afternoon according to the Celtics Twitter account:
Guard Ray Allen has exercised his option for the 2011-12 season. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
The option is the final part of a two-year deal Allen signed last summer. Like last year, Allen will earn a $10 million dollar salary this season. The number may appear to be high at first glance, but when you realize just how well the 35-year-old played last season, it becomes clear just how much of a bargain he will be at that price entering next season.
I’ll have a full column coming up on Allen tomorrow, but just in case you forgot how well Allen played during this postseason run, check out his numbers following Boston’s 2nd round exit:
Now a lot of those numbers were piled up against the hapless Knicks, nonetheless it’s incredible, maybe even painful to see those numbers go to waste after a five-game defeat to Miami. And after a career best shooting regular season in both FG percentage (49%) and from downtown (44.4%), here’s hoping next season won’t be the last in a C’s uniform for Allen. As long as he can avoid having his numbers fall off a sharp cliff like other shooters his age next year, we could (and should) be seeing Ray in Boston for years to come.