Posted by Royce Young
Marc Stein of ESPN.com first reported it and Ken Berger of CBSSports.com has confirmed it: Ray Allen has re-signed with the Celtics inking a two-year, $20 million deal. The second year is a player option.
Allen, who turns 35 later this month, is likely looking at this as his last stand. One of the game's all-time shooters, Allen averaged 16.3 points per game last season. He always said he wanted to return to Boston and obviously, he got his wish.
As Zach Lowe of Celtics Hub points out , the price is $5 million less than Pierce’s per year salary and the length of Allen’s deal means that if he takes the player option, his contract will expire at the same time as KG’s deal.
Boston was really the only place that made a ton of sense for Allen to stay. Other teams with cap space are currently eating it up (hello Miami) or just didn't have a good spot for Allen (Clippers, Thunder). This is a deal that makes sense for both Boston and Ray Allen, and surely one Celtics fans are happy about.