Celtics guard Ray Allen picked up his player option for the 2011-2012 season on Tuesday signaling the return of the Big Three for one more shot at a title. Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen will enter the final year of their respective contracts, Paul Pierce has three years remaining.
There was little doubt that Ray Allen would return for his fifth season with the C’s, however, it is nice to have the move officially on the books so that the green team can begin to formulate a plan for the upcoming season.
Said team president Danny Ainge: “I was hopeful that Ray would want to come back and I got the impression in my exit interview with him that he would want to come back, but you never know, I guess nothing’s a foregone conclusion with these things, but it was an assumption that we thought would happen and we hoped to have happen.’’
Ray Allen has done and seen it all, the ageless wonder sets the tone for the offense whilst showing no sign of slowing down. If there is a play to be made, Ray Allen always seems to come from no where to make it happen. With the roster and labor uncertainty, it’s difficult to speculate how Allen would fit into the mix but we’d expect Allen to handle whatever is thrown his way like the consummate professional that he is.
On the season, Ray Allen played in 80 games averaging 36.1 minutes whilst setting career highs in field goal (.491) and three point (.444) percentages.