It’s official. Ray Allen is coming back to Boston. Not that any of us were concerned, but it’s still nice to see. According to Celtics.com, Allen is estatic to be back:
The Boston Celtics announced today that they have re-signed guard Ray Allen. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“Re-signing Ray has been a priority of ours this offseason and this move will allow us to stay at a championship level,” said Danny Ainge, Celtics President of Basketball Operations.
“I am ecstatic to be back in Boston,” said Allen. “I cannot wait to get onto the court and get back to work with the rest of the team in pursuit of Banner 18.”
Allen is currently ranked second all-time in three pointers made and attempted in NBA history. He also is currently ranked 28th in NBA history in total points scored with 20,965.
“Ray Allen represents class and excellence both on and off the court. We are thrilled he will help lead the team’s quest for Banner 18,” said Steve Pagiluca, Celtics Co-Owner.
I’m glad he’s back, but I don’t know if I can handle two more years of him making every shot he throws up one night and being cold as ice the next. I guess I still have a bad taste in my mouth from the playoffs. Ray has been great since landing in Boston, but I still can’t understand how one of the best shooters in the game can’t make a single shot some nights. It just doesn’t make sense! However, to his credit, he’s had a lot more good games than bad so we will let those slide. Just as long as he shoots lights out in the playoffs! Not only did Allen resign today, but he also had some good words about the LeBron James drama:
Allen said the LeBron James saga, which ultimately saw him announce he was “bringing his talents to South Beach” during an hour-long ESPN spectacle last Thursday was the “biggest pain in the butt” of the free-agent process because teams were in a holding pattern until the fates of James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh settled.
“Put me on the phone and give me 15 seconds to say where I’m going,” he said of how he chose to handle his free agency.
So what’s next for the Celtics? We are all but out of money and still have some serious roster spots to fill. Well, according to Mark Murphy of the Herald, “nasty” Nate Robinson could be resigned next:
Though the Celtics failed to reach a resolution with Tony Allen, and paid the price Sunday night when the guard and the Memphis Grizzlies agreed on a three-year contract, talks with the team’s other remaining free agent continue to progress.
Aaron Goodwin, the agent for Nate Robinson, said yesterday the two sides could reach a deal by the end of the week.
“Things are going well,” Goodwin said. “We’re just trying to get something worked out. But both parties are talking.”
Unlike they had with Allen, the C’s don’t hold the so-called “Larry Bird rights” to Robinson, and as a result, can’t go over the salary cap to give their backup point guard more money.
Robinson, however, has professed a desire to return.
Good, good, and good. I am a huge fan of bringing Nate back. I love energy guys and Robinson is the definition of just that. The one thing I don’t get is the Bird rights. If we can’t go over the cap to sign Robinson, than how is that possible? I know almost nothing about how contracts work, but I hope resigning him doesn’t take away money we need to use elsewhere. Nate coming back here proves he is more interested in his career at this point rather than money. He would be showing that he wants to build on his image with a great organization like the Celtics instead of running to the first team that offers him a few extra dollars. Good choice Nate!