Miami Heat owner Micky Arison announced the signing of Ray Allen just a short time ago, via his Twitter page. Arison wrote,
“Its 2:30am in London and I was just woken up with great news. Welcome to the family #20!!”
Allen signed a three-year deal with the Heat for just over $9 million. The deal with Miami was $3 million less then what the Boston Celtics offered. However, the Celtics offer was for two years at $12 million. Allen would have made $6 million per year with Boston, but chose to sign with Miami for roughly $3.09 million per year. The Celtics were rumored to even throw in a partial no-trade clause as part of the deal and even a kicker if he was traded before his contract expired. This proved to be not enough for Allen, as he chose to take his talents to South Beach and will play along side LeBron James, Dwayne Wade, and Chris Bosh for the next three seasons.
Only Allen knows the real reason why he chose Miami. But, here are some reasons why he may have chose to sign with the Heat:
- A legitimate shot at winning three more NBA titles before his career is over
- LeBron James
- Dwayne Wade
- Chris Bosh
- He won’t have to move to Florida when he retires, because he’ll already be there
- He can work on his golf game all year long
- His deteriorating relationship with Celtics point guard, Rajon Rondo
- He won’t have to back-up Avery Bradley
- He won’t have to worry about being on the trading block
- The Celtics signing of Jason Terry
Celtics fans may be furious that he chose to play for the enemy, but they will have to realize that it’s a business. Players change teams every single day. And let’s be real, who wouldn’t have done the same thing Allen did? If you made several million dollars playing the sport you love to the point where money was no longer an issue and you had the chance to play with a couple of the best players in the game while knowing you have a legitimate shot at winning a title each year you are under contract, you wouldn’t do it? I find that hard to believe. Celtics fans will have to wake up and realize that even though he left, he did help Boston raise its first banner in 22 years. Allen has a great run with the C’s, and will be greatly missed.
I guarantee Allen will receive a standing ovation his first game back in Boston. If Celtics fans prove me wrong, then something will be clearly wrong with the people in the TD Garden that night.