Thursday, July 8th, 2010 at 9:30 am  |  18 responses

Celtics Get Ray Allen Back, at 2 Years/$20 Mil

Shuttlesworth will be back in Boston next season, and he will not come cheaply. From the Globe: “Celtics guard Ray Allen confirmed tonight that he will return to the Celtics on a two-year, $20 million contract with a player option for the second year. It means that the Celtics will make one or perhaps two title runs with the Big Three intact as Paul Pierce agreed to a four-year contract extension Saturday. ‘I’m so happy to be returning,’ he said in a text to the Globe. ‘I’m looking forward to all the great times ahead.’ Allen had been wooed by contending teams but has decided to remain with the Celtics and has the flexibility of opting out of his contract after this season and becoming a free agent. He averaged 16.3 points last season and needs just 117 3-pointers to become the all-time career leader. He trails only former Indiana Pacers great Reggie Miller. His return means the core of the Celtics starting lineup will return intact. The lone exception is center Kendrick Perkins, who won’t return until at least February because of a torn right anterior cruciate ligament.”

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  • Greg


  • Overtime

    Is SLAM having a Boozer-gate? Still no mention

  • heartlandG

    Beat me to it, I was jus fen to say that. Chicago lookin waaaaaay better den Miami

  • http://www.springbored.net letsmotor


  • deano

    Boozer who??

  • deano

    2 more years, sounds about right…thats about as long as that window will be open, but I tell you right now if Perk doesn’t go out the Celtics are the world champs twice in 3 years- simply no way the C’s woulda been that badly outmanned on the boards with Perk and thats all that won it for them……..Love Doc’s decision to take another crack at it with the same bat. Anyways a possible clash of the Old School Big 3 vs. New School Big 3 (Lebron, Wade, Bosh) would be friggin awesome

  • deano

    right now, if everybody can come back healthy; if KG can get over whatever hump was in his way this entire postseason, if Perk can come back 100%, if Rasheed comes around to forgive those finals officials, etc. etc……….Doc Rivers + Celtics 5 + Celtics Bench >> Spoelstra + Lebron + Wade + Bosh

  • http://thekobebeef.wordpress.com LDR4

    Thats a lot of money. And seriously, where’s Boozer? If we call him LeBoozer will he get mentioned?

  • AL29

    So Garnnett (34) will make 18.8 million; Allen (35) will make 10; and Pierce (33) will make 15 in 2010-11. That’s $43.8 million in salary by those three alone, in addition to the 9 million that Rondo will rightfully take home. Meanwhile, the salary cap will be about 58 million. I love the Celtics, but if Pierce and Allen were serious about contending, they would have each taken the mid-level exception and actively recruited one of the big free agents to join them in Boston. I know they had a great playoff run last year, but they were looking pretty old all year and will be one year older by the 2011 playoffs. Extending the contracts of these guys doesn’t necessarily extend the window of opportunity.

  • AL29

    Oh, and I heard Carlos Boozer signed with Chicago. SLAM, any comments?

  • vtrobot

    Great news, Jesus. I didn’t want to see you break Reggie’s record in a different jersey. This team should still be competitive for another 1 or 2 years.

  • Clay

    At least Ray Allen can still run around and he should be able to by the end of this contract. Paul Pierce, not so much. Allen’s perimeter defense is valuable along with his shooting. Not a bad signing here.

  • http://www.springbored.net letsmotor

    finally! someone else you realizes how good Ray’s defense has gotten!

  • vanillagorrila

    Man the celtics sure don’t have a problem spending money.

  • http://twitter.com/HarryByrdMan44 LA Huey

    Bought themselves a lot post-season bricks. Sorry, couldn’t resist. =P

  • slawson

    Breaking News: Jermaine O’Neil has agreed to terms with Boston. He looked bad in the playoffs with Miami, and he has had injury issues, but he was a 13-6 guy this year, which is a shade off his career stats. Age 31 6’11″ 250LBS. Can you say Perk Insurance?

  • http://staticseth.blogspot.com Seth

    Thank you, sweet Jesus. Good to see Boston holding on to someone who can knock down jumpers (everyone excluding Pierce, I’m looking at you). I hope he breaks Reggie’s three-point record too.

  • deano

    dang @slawson thanks for the heads up, yeah more like KG insurance. Well, all i know is Doc has a way of getting good productive minutes out of every player, I fully expect him to do so with Jermaine as well. There are a lot of things offensively, and when healthy defensively, O’Neal can provide for a team….I like the fit