Ray Allen picks up player option with Miami Heat

6/28/13 in NBA   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

Jun 18, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat shooting guard Ray Allen (34) drives against San Antonio Spurs center Boris Diaw (33) during the second quarter of game six in the 2013 NBA Finals at American Airlines Arena.  Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY SportsMiami Heat shooting guard Ray Allen played a huge part in his team winning their second consecutive NBA title, as he drilled the 25-foot three-point shot that sent Game 6 (an elimination game for the Heat) into overtime.

Fortunately for Heat fans (and unfortunately for the rest of the NBA), their savior will be returning to Miami for another season. Allen picked up his $3.229 million player option with the Heat on Friday, keeping him under contract for the 2013-14 season.

The decision on Allen's part is unsurprising. He plays a solid role for a player his age (he'll be 38 in July), and is on a team that should once again be the favorites to win the NBA title. If he had opted for free agency, he may have been able to draw a two-year deal worth slightly more money from the Heat or another contending team, but picking up the player option helped the Heat financially, and Allen is more about rings than money at this point in his illustrious career.

The Heat will get back one of the game's premier floor stretchers in Allen, who shot 41.9% from behind the arc last season and can get his shot off if given even the slightest bit of space. At this point in his career, he is more of a role player than the lethal offensive weapon he was a few years ago scoring in the high teens for the Boston Celtics, but he still has a lot to contribute and was certainly a key piece to the Heat's championship squad this past season.
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