Ray Allen agrees to sign with the Miami Heat

Will Ray Allen hear boos or applause when he comes back to Boston in a Heat uniform?

7/6/12 in NBA   |   Pat   |   5233 respect

June 7, 2012; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Celtics shooting guard Ray Allen (20) reacts as he bumps into Miami Heat point guard Mario Chalmers (15)  during the first half in game six of the Eastern Conference finals of the 2012 NBA playoffs at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-US PRESSWIRERay Allen has agreed to a deal with the Miami Heat, leaving the Celtics for one of their biggest rivals after 5 seasons in Boston.

Allen turned down a 2-year $12M contract from the Celtics in favor of a deal with Miami that is rumored to be in the area of 3 years and $9M.

The Celtics had more money to offer, but Allen was looking for a 3-year deal with the Celtics in the area of $27M.

Reports indicate that Allen had problems with Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo, which may have been a major factor in his departure.

Celtics fans are already torn on how to react to this one.

On one hand, Ray Allen went to their bitter rivals, and the team most likely to stand in the Celtics' way as they pursue a championship.

On the other hand, Allen has been the epitome of class during his time with the Celtics, and he was one of the keys to their championship in 2008.

As for me, I'll gladly cheer Ray Allen. He's a consummate professional, and he deserves the chance to go to Miami and pursue another championship.
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7/7/12   |   jjh8857   |   338 respect

He was a piggybacker in Boston, he'll be a piggybacker in Miami. If you can't beat em join em.

7/7/12   |   horacenick   |   5 respect

Boos at first, then applause, then boos again.