The road to the NBA Finals in the Eastern Conference will still go through Boston next season. According to ESPN, the Celtics have re-signed Ray Allen to a two-year, $20 million contract.
Allen averaged 16.3 points last season as the Celtics reached the NBA finals for the second time in three years. They made it to a Game 7 before finally falling to the Los Angeles Lakers.
Recognized as arguably the greatest three-point shooter of all time, Allen was extremely inconsistent in the finals. He went from hitting a record eight 3-pointers in Game 2, to going 0 for 16 from 3-point range over the next three games.
After the finals, Allen was quoted as saying: “It’s obvious I don’t want to be anywhere else.”
Throughout the regular season, the Celtics expressed interest in trading Allen. However, the team quickly changed their mind in the offseason and made re-signing him a top priority.
The announcement comes a week after head coach, Doc Rivers, announced that he would put off retirement for one more year to pursue another NBA championship. A few days later, forward, Paul Pierce also agreed on a new four-year deal (reportedly worth $61 million) with the team.
Lon Babby, Allen’s agent, told reporters on Wednesday that the second year would be a player option.
Allen joined Pierce in Boston in 2007, and the two went on to lure Garnett from the Minnesota Timberwolves. Together, they formed the “Big 3” and went on to win the NBA Championship in 2008.
A 14-year veteran, Allen has played for the Milwaukee Bucks, Seattle Sonics and Celtics. He is second all-time in 3-pointers and fifth among active players with 20,965 points.