Tuesday, June 7th, 2011 at 2:56 pm  |  21 responses

Ray Allen Exercises Player Option, Will Return to Celtics

As he promised after his team’s early playoff exit, Celtic guard Ray Allen will be returning to Boston next season. Allen picked up his player option of $10 million for 2011-12 today, the team announced. From CBSSports.com: “It was an obvious thing to do for Allen as he wants to stay on a contender and he’s unlikely to find a new contract with a team worth that amount. Also, with all the lockout talk, Allen didn’t want to be hanging in limbo trying to sort out a new deal with potentially new rules. It really was a no-brainer for him to exercise his option. Allen, 35, just completed his 14th NBA season and shot a career-high 44 percent from 3. He averaged 16.5 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game for the Celtics, who were eliminated by the Heat in the Western Conference Semifinals. Allen became the NBA’s all-time leading 3-point shooter, breaking Reggie Miller’s mark this past season as well. Allen is currently ranked as the 24th highest scorer in NBA history with 22,286 career points. The question is though, what happens after this year for him? Allen seems ready to play well into his late 30s, but there’s good potential this could be his last season in Boston. Someone will pay him to stand outside and shoot 3s because he’s still the best in the game at it. But will it be the Celtics?”

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  • http://www.bulls.com Rigo Gonzalez

    Like there was ever any doubt.
    And I honestly believe this upcoming year will be the last chance for the Celtics to win a championship, we’ll see if they play with that sense of urgency.


    you mean Eastern

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    I mean…the Heat will be better. The Bulls will be hungrier. Young teams like the Sixers and the Pacers will be a year more experienced. If the Magic can pull off a deal for a great running mater with Dwight, the Magic become fearsome. The Celts looked exposed this postseason. Unless they can stay healthy and find a way to become more athletic….I think they’re stuck.

  • Eric

    I thought they played in the Eastern Conference, LOL

  • Eric

    Celts are DONE #REBUILDING until Lebron and Dwade separate

  • http://Slamonline BossTerry

    Co sign Eboy… And out west the old teams are fading, seems OKC and Mem are the only teams on the come-up..

  • Halo

    yea im pretty sure boston and miami are in the eastern conference

  • Heals

    @Eric, #REBUILDING, ugghhh don’t even start with that BS (twitter wise not about the C’s). Yeah Eboy, I think last year kinda made Boston’s chances look brighter than they were. Here’s to another season of hoping injuries aren’t as bad as they look and resuming the daily ritual of checking Bos’s injury reports…08′ still worth it though!

  • http://google J-Ro

    Maybe Chicago should make a push for Allen during the off-season? It seems like Ray Ray is the kind of Shooting guard they need.

  • http://www.bulls.com Rigo Gonzalez

    ^ This offseason?
    The same Ray Ray that just exercised his player option at $10 million for next season?
    Yeah, somehow I don’t see that happening.

  • ripslam

    I seriously doubt the Sixers and Pacers pose any real threat to Boston right now. And to be honest I don’t think Otis Smith is going to pull anything off significant enough to keep Dwight in Orlando after ’11-’12.
    However, I think next season will certainly be interesting for the C’s. They’re now left with a 32-year-old Jermaine O’Neal and, um, Nenad Krstic at center, and the Big 3 aren’t getting any younger. Hopefully Rondo shows some improvement and they play with a fire under their asses, because I feel like 2012 is their last real shot at another chip.

  • idrees

    it says WESTEREN conference semifinals.

  • http://Slamonline BossTerry

    Who cares, its a typo, lets move past it..

  • http://www.nba.com/celtics lights out

    while we’re pointing out inaccuracies, Ray just finished his 15th year in the L, not his 14th.

  • SSiklo

    heat= 6 rings

  • http://google J-Ro

    @ Rigo- im guessing he would like to end his career in a contending team. If he goes to Chicago this off-season they have a good chance of re-signing him for maybe another 2 years and alot cheaper.

  • Shifty

    Shot Ray

  • http://slamonline.com 1982

    Still the best at what he does. I want to see him on a better team if 2012 playoffs end the same way – the Mavs could sure use him right now.

  • http://www.bulls.com Rigo Gonzalez

    J-Ro – The Bulls can’t afford him this offseason, unless it was in a trade. And the only one who’s contract would match his is Joakim Noah.
    Now, career-wise, Allen is far and away a better player than Noah, but no way do the Bulls trade their 25 year old center, a 2nd team all-defensive player, for a 36 year old Ray Allen who may only stick around for a year.
    I suppose they could also trade Kyle Korver and Ronnie Brewer for Allen, but the Celtics wouldn’t go for that.
    Bottom line, the Celtics wouldn’t trade Allen for 90% of the players in the NBA anyways, he’s done too much for the organization and unless they were getting a LeBron, Kobe or Kevin Durant back, which they wouldn’t, they won’t deal him.

  • PAul

    one word loyal

  • http://www.slamonline.com Max

    If he keeps playing another 3 years, nobody is gonna come close to breaking his 3pt record..