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article imageRay Allen to sign with the Miami Heat

By Layne Weiss     Jul 7, 2012 in Sports
Miami - After 5 seasons with the Boston Celtics, Ray Allen has decided to take his talents down to South Beach, officially breaking up the Celtics "Big 3."
Miami Heat owner Micky Arison tweeted Friday night that Allen agreed to sign for $3.09 million a year, USA Today reports.
"It's 2:30 am in London and I was just woken up with great news. Welcome to the family #20!!" Arison tweeted.
Not long after Arison tweeted the news, Allen's agent, Jim Tanner confirmed the decision to The AP.
NBA MVP and Finals MVP, LeBron James, also tweeted about the news. "#HeatNation please welcome our newest teammate Ray Allen. #Wow. #JesusShuttlesworth," James said according to ESPN.
James' teammates Dwyane Wade tweeted "HeatNation continues to grow."
Allen rejected a two-year $12 million dollar deal with the Boston Celtics, The Miami Herald reports.
According to The AP, Miami is hoping to add least one more free agent to their roster. They are expected to meet this weekend with Marcus Camby and Rashard Lewis.
Ray Allen, and all other free agents, are not permitted to officially sign until Wednesday July 11.
ESPN reports that multiple league sources say that Allen became frustrated when the Celtics offered him to the Memphis Grizzlies in February. His spot in the starting lineup was also taken away from him, and given to Avery Bradley.
The Celtics signed shooting guard Jason Terry earlier this week, but still really wanted Allen to come back, The AP reports.
"We really want Ray to come back," said Celtics general manager Danny Ainge. "Time will tell."
According to ESPN, since Ray Allen rejected their offer, the Celtics have $6 million in salary cap space to offer to other free agents.
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