According to ESPN.com/Heat Index’s Brian Windhost, Ray Allen has left the warm confines of South Beach without indicating where he will play next season:
Free agent Ray Allen left his meeting with the Miami Heat on Thursday night without giving them an answer on their contract offer and is torn on whether to leave the Boston Celtics, sources told ESPN.com on Friday.
Allen had an afternoon meeting with Heat president Pat Riley and coach Erik Spoelstra and then went to dinner with them and other members of the team’s front office. The Heat offered Allen their mid-level exception, which starts at $3.09 million per season– or half of the Celtics’ offer of $6 million per year over two years.
The most the Heat could offer is three years and $9.5 million.
The sources did not go into specifics, saying Allen is torn because remaining a Celtic is still very much an option.
If you’re a Celtics fan that wanted Allen to stick around, you have to feel very encouraged by this news. As I see it, the longer Allen waits to make a decision the likelier he stays put. Boston offers Allen more money, memories, and familiarity. If Miami hasn’t sold him yet, I doubt they will.