Well, after months of speculation, Ray Allen will not be returning to Boston next season. Multiple sources confirm that Ray was very impressed by Pat Riley’s two-day presentation on what the Heat are all about.
Sources say that Allen’s decision had to do with his retirement and that Miami was the ideal place to end his career. He supposedly likes the idea of playing golf year round, warm weather, and the opportunity to get another ring. He also reportedly didn’t like coming off the bench behind Avery Bradley, yet he’s not going to be starting for Miami.
Ray Allen feels that his college career at UCONN and his five years in Boston will be enough for Celtics fans to accept him going to Miami. He’s going to be in for a big surprise. A lot of fans are not pleased with his choice, and they are fuming on Twitter.
From the Celtics perspective, this doesn’t hurt them at all. With Jason Terry signing in Boston, Allen going to the Heat isn’t as big of a deal as it could have been. Yes, the Big 3 Era is officially over, but the franchise is already moving on to the next phase.
Rajon Rondo is undoubtably the leader of this team, if Ray didn’t want to comply to that than the best thing was for Allen and the Celtics to part ways. According to sources he wasn’t happy all season, and coming off the bench and Rondo were main contributors to his unhappiness.
Its sad to see this end the way it did, especially since Allen went to Miami. Ultimately, the reaction that Celtics fans have against Ray aren’t due to him leaving, its the fact that he joins up with the likes of LeBron, Wade, and Bosh. One thing can definitely be said, money wasn’t the issue. Ray turned down as much as an extra $9 million to go to South Beach. I guess the only thing that makes this easier to swallow is that he didn’t have a 1 hour show on ESPN.
I wish the best of luck to Ray Allen, but now I have to root against him. Personally, I think he made a bad decision, I never thought he would join the most hated team in the NBA.