Ray Allen and the Boston Celtics have agreed upon a two-year, $20 million deal, his agent Lon Babby confirmed. The second year of Allen’s deal is a player option.
It was widely hoped that Allen would consider accepting a minimum contract in order to join a Wade-James-Bosh trio in South Florida. At one point, it was speculated that LeBron James had contacted Allen about the possibility of doing just that.
Frank Isola of the New York Daily News reported on June 30:
LeBron James is calling the possible union of Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, and himself, “Dream Team.”
Those were the words James used when he reached out to another free agent in the past 10 days and pitched the idea of joining them.
He said, “Would you be willing to take less to join Dream Team?” the player, who did not want to be identified, told the Daily News. He said his people were putting it together.
The Miami Herald’s own Jorge Sedano followed it up with:
I’ve come across a source who has told me that free agent player could be Ray Allen. The source tells me that Allen has spoken to James and his preference is to remain with the Celtics, but that’s predicated on Paul Pierce remaining with the team. The money is not a huge factor. Winning more championships is the most important factor.
According to the source, Allen has spoken to James and would consider joining said, “Dream Team.” Along with possibly taking less money if it was the perfect opportunity.
Apparently, it wasn’t the perfect opportunity. Oh well.