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Ray Allen Exercises Player Option, Will Return Next Season


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:

PPG: 18.9
FG%: 52.3%
3ptFG: 57.1%
FT: 96.1
MPG: 40.1

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.

  • someguyinsac

    Yay! I'm hopeful that we keep him as a Celtic for years to come.

  • DWillis

    Just can't let go, the man is 35 freakin' years old. I'm not knocking his game but there are other younger, faster, better, etc. players at his position and if one could be had in exchange for his expiring contract i'd do it at the drop of a hat. I know loyalty matters but age trumps all.

    • Eric

      Performance trumps age. I don't care if he's 50 and putting up those numbers, that man is ageless.

      • Morpheus

        Work ethic and nutrition. I would love to know what Ray's eating regimen is. Foods he avoids, needs, i mean he's played 314 out of 328 regular season games over the last 4 seasons as a Celtic, well into his 30s. That's better than most of these young ones in their 20s…Wade, Roy, Martin, Monta.

        • I_Love_Green

          Hasn't eaten a cheeseburger since he was 16 years old or something like that.

  • James Patrick

    I really hope Ray, KG, and Paul are willing to take pay cuts after the following season. That will be quite telling in how much they really want to win multiple championships.

    • duggyfresh88

      Paul is already signed for 4 years. You continuously post here without having a clue. Ray is coming back for his $10 million option, KG's deal also expires after the year. So Ray and KG could potentially be back for less. But Paul is locked up for about $14 million a year for another 3 years (last year was the 1st of 4)

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