The decision (The Decision) has been made and you’re going to be upset about it. Ray Allen has taken half the annual value Boston offered to play for the Miami Heat. He’ll make $3.09 million for the first year, to a maximum of $9.5 million over three prospective seasons (details are still to come on the length of the deal).
Miami owner Micky Arison broke the news on twitter:
“It’s 2:30 a.m. in London and I was just woken up with great news: Welcome to the family, #20!!”
According to the Boston Herald, Allen was looking for a huge contract from the Celtics, reportedly in the neighborhood of 3 years and $27 million. And the Celtics were trying to talk him down to the $6 million per that had been widely reported over the last few days.
The fact Allen was looking for triple the value of the contract he eventually accepted suggests that his heart was no longer in Boston.
There were multiple reasons for Allen to leave.
During the season, details leaked out about Allen’s unhappiness about being supplanted in the starting rotation by Avery Bradley, although to his credit, he handled it professionally with the media.
There were also stories about friction between Allen and Rajon Rondo, and we’ll likely get more details on that in the future, as stories surface about the problems between the two. It would seem that they may have actually been understated, rather than overstated, as many assumed.
Allen also appeared frustrated that Danny Ainge shopped him at the trading deadline on more than one occasion, including this past season when he was nearly moved to Memphis for OJ Mayo.
The recent news the Celtics were bringing in Jason Terry couldn’t have helped, either. Allen plays long minutes, by pride and by choice, and the available selection in Boston obviously didn’t look as appealing as what the NBA champs could offer.
So, it’s Ray to Miami for what will likely be the final years of his NBA career.
We’ll have plenty more on Ray’s departure over the weekend and what it means for Boston’s 2012-13 roster (it’s not good).