Boston Celtics’ Ray Allen to meet with Miami Heat on Thursday
07/04/2012 12:01 AM
09/23/2013 6:52 PM
Boston shooting guard Ray Allen, the Heat’s top target in free agency, will meet with Heat officials in Miami on Thursday as he continues to consider offers from the Heat, Celtics and Los Angeles Clippers.
Allen will visit the Clippers on Friday. As of Tuesday afternoon, he had not booked visits with his other suitors, including Memphis and Minnesota.
The Celtics reportedly have offered Allen $12 million over two years. The Heat can offer no more than $3.1 million per season over three years because teams that are above the luxury tax threshold have only a mini-mid level exception. The Clippers, who have a full mid-level exception, can offer $5 million annually over three years.
Boston on Tuesday agreed to a three-year, $15 million deal with guard Jason Terry, according to Yahoo, but the Celtics still want to keep Allen, even though they are now deep at guard with Terry, Rajon Rondo and Avery Bradley.
Allen might get more playing time in Miami, where he would back up Dwyane Wade but also play alongside Wade quite a bit. The Clippers could offer Allen a starting job. Allen, 36, averaged 14.2 points last season and shot 45.3 percent from three-point range.
Celtics coach Doc Rivers, who on Sunday expressed confidence that Allen would re-sign, sounded far less convinced of that Tuesday.
"I don't know," Rivers said on Dan Patrick's radio show. "We're working hard. He has a lot of options and that's the bad news for us. It'll be interesting. I wish I had a feel on it. Usually, I do. But I can tell you in this one, I don't."
A typo in a previous version of the article misstated Ray Allen’s age
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