Ray Allen Exercises Player Option to Stay With the Boston Celtics

by Punter's Hero on June 9, 2011

in Latest News, NBA

Over the past three years or so, the Boston Celtics have arguably been one of the most dominant teams in the NBA with their focus on team defense and their Big Three of Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen leading the way. Even though this team will still be able to compete with the best of the best for the next few years before the core of the Big Three in Boston call it quits, these guys aren’t getting any younger and might be subject to injuries in the near future.

The one player that has been able to stay relatively injury-free and perform at an extremely high level in Boston has been veteran shooting guard Ray Allen. With arguably the sweetest jump shot in the game today and the distinction as the best 3-pointer shooter of all-time after breaking Reggie Miller’s record this past NBA regular season, Allen is still a valuable asset to the Boston Celtics and could still be around for the next five years or so, but there have been rumors of a trade as of late.

Before the Boston Celtics’ run to the NBA Finals last season, the rumor was that Celtics’ GM Danny Ainge was looking to move Ray Allen while he still had some value around the league, but Allen was never moved and the Celtics were able to stay dominant force in the Eastern Conference.

One of the reasons he might not have moved Ray Allen was the fact that his contract was a bit too lucrative for an aging veteran over the next two years. With one year left on his current deal, Allen will be paid $10 million. This was something that the sharpshooter could have opted out of, but there was no way he would have gotten better money elsewhere, so he will be in Boston for at least one more season.

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