Heat owner Micky Arison broke the news several minutes ago. For anyone hoping Arison is drunk tweeting, Yahoo! Sports Marc Spears has also confirmed the news.
Hard to fault a player for taking less money. I believe Ray had some type of grudge against the Celtics organization. Must have been those attempted trades and the demotion to the bench. Or maybe it was his beef with Rajon Rondo.
According to Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski:
One source close to Ray Allen said in past few hours, “Ray’s thinking about another ring, golf, sun as a way to end his career.”
Privately, Ray Allen had insisted to people that he didn’t believe the city of Boston would be too hard on him for signing with Miami.
Allen believes the capital he’s built up playing for UConn and the Celtics would supercede signing with Miami. He’s probably misjudged that.
Deterioration of Allen’s relationship w/ Rondo played significant factor in his leaving, several sources tell Y!
I guess he was “South Beach”, after all. #goodbye#20
Thanks for the memories, Ray. May you never hit another 3-point shot again.