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Allen: ‘There’s no other place I wanted to be’

07.07.10 at 11:21 pm ET
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Ray Allen reached a two-year agreement with the Celtics and is looking forward to continuing his career in Boston.

“I’m happy to be returning as a Celtic,” he told via text message. “There’s no other place I wanted to be.”

According to a source familiar with the negotiations, confirmed the deal is worth $10 million annually. The second year is a player option.

Allen, who turns 35 this month, made it clear following the NBA finals that he would like to return to Boston —  ‘€œI’€™ll deal with that when the time comes, but it’€™s obvious that I don’€™t want to be anywhere else,’€ he said after Game 7. He garnered attention from around the league, however, once he hit the free agent market. According to one report, LeBron James contacted Allen about joining him, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade on a “Dream Team.”

Allen’s return to the Celtics keeps the “Big Three” intact. Paul Pierce agreed to a four-year deal last week and Kevin Garnett has two years left on his contract.

Allen averaged just over 16 points during last season and the playoffs. He set an NBA finals record by hitting eight 3-pointers against the Lakers. Allen will be entering his 15th season in the league and doesn’t expect to slow down any time soon.

‘€œI believe I’€™m so far ahead of the game that I’€™m able to play longer,” he told during the regular season. “People look at basic standards of guys my age at 34, like some guys at 34, there’€™s no way they could play basketball right now. And I’€™m thinking at my age now, I can go even a few more years doing what I’€™m doing the way I’€™m doing it because for me, it’€™s not rocket science.”

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Source: Allen agrees to return to Boston

07.07.10 at 9:54 pm ET
By   |   Comments has confirmed Ray Allen will return to the Celtics after agreeing to a two-year deal worth $10 million annually, with a player option for the second year.’s Marc Stein first reported the deal on Twitter.

Allen, who turns 35 this month, averaged just over 16 points last season and in the playoffs. He garnered attention from around the league when he hit the free agent market this summer, and was reportedly contacted by LeBron James about playing for a “Dream Team” with him, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade.

Allen had attested during the NBA finals, however, that he would like to return to the Celtics. His agreement keeps the Big Three intact for another shot at a title after Paul Pierce agreed to a new four-year deal last week.

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C’s win first Summer League game against Bobcats

07.07.10 at 7:53 pm ET
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Celtics 92, Bobcats 71

The Celtics once again got off to a quick start in the first quarter, just like the first two games of Summer League play. Only this time, Boston (1-2) widened its lead and cruised to its first win against the Bobcats.

Tony Gaffney set the tone early as he received the opening tip and finished with a slam dunk. Celtics big men Semih Erden and Luke Harangody led Boston to a 21-10 lead after the first quarter. Erden grabbed four rebounds while Harangody scored eight points, including both of his 3-pointers for the game.

In the second quarter, Harangody was hit under his left eye as he went after a rebound against Alexis Ajinca and was forced to leave the floor as blood flowed. He later returned at the five minute, 11 second mark in the fourth quarter with a patch on his cheek and scored four more points to add to his total of 12.

DeShawn Sims and Ryan Thompson extended Boston’€™s lead in the third quarter, scoring the first 14 points for the Celtics. With the game in hand, both players got extended playing time while the starters rested. Thompson was 3-of-4 from the field and finished with 11 points in 19:58 of play. Sims caught on fire and put on a show as he scored 18 points on 8-of-11 shooting in only 15:57 of court time.

Charlotte (2-1) suffered its first loss of the summer as it shot 37.5 percent from the field and 11.8 percent from beyond the arc. Derrick Brown led the Bobcats with 12 points while Jeremy Pargo chipped in 10. The Celtics, on the other hand, had five scorers in double digits and shot a blistering 53.8 percent on the day.

Player of the game

Coming off the bench, Matt Janning scored a game-high 20 points on 8-of-15 shooting while pulling down eight rebounds. The Northeastern product could put up points in college as well, where he became the fourth all-time leading scorer in school history in his four years.

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Latest big man linked to C’s: Jermaine O’Neal

07.07.10 at 4:56 pm ET
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Free agent center Jermaine O’Neal is the latest big man to be linked to the Celtics. He told ESPN’s Marc Stein that he was considering the Celtics along with the Mavericks and Nuggets.

O’Neal joins Brad Miller, Shaquille O’Neal, Brendan Haywood and Kwame Brown in the race for the Celtics’ mid-level exception and a chance to replace the injured Kendrick Perkins. Brown is obviously the least accomplished of that group.

The Celtics made O’Neal look terrible in the playoffs, but he’s younger than Miller and Shaq and, playoffs aide, O’Neal had a good season with Miami in 2009-10. He appeared in 70 games for the first time since 2003-04 and he shot over 50 percent for the first time in his career en route to averaging 13 points and seven rebounds a game.

It’s expected that the free agent logjam will open up once LeBron James make his decision Thursday. O’Neal was not expected to re-sign with the Heat, an expectation that became reality once Chris Bosh announced he was going to Miami with Dwyane Wade.

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Report: Bosh to join Wade with Heat

07.07.10 at 8:00 am ET
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According to an ESPN report, Dwyane Wade will re-sign with the Heat and be joined by Raptors free agent Chris Bosh. The players are expected to announce their decision Wednesday, one day before LeBron James declares his choice in an ESPN special Thursday night.

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LeBron to announce decision in Thursday TV special

07.07.10 at 6:47 am ET
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LeBron James will announce his plans for the future during a one-hour special on ESPN Thursday night at 9. ESPN reported that James’ representatives contacted the network and suggested the idea. James’ group reportedly plans to sell sponsorship and donate the proceeds to the Boys and Girls Clubs of America.

James did not speak to reporters when he made an appearance at his elite basketball camp Tuesday in his hometown of Akron, Ohio.

Which team will LeBron James play for next season?

  • Cavaliers (49%, 174 Votes)
  • Knicks (19%, 66 Votes)
  • Heat (13%, 45 Votes)
  • Bulls (9%, 32 Votes)
  • Nets (5%, 17 Votes)
  • Other (4%, 14 Votes)
  • Clippers (1%, 5 Votes)

Total Voters: 353

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Del Negro to coach Clippers

07.07.10 at 6:42 am ET
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Former Bulls coach Vinny Del Negro reached an agreement to become the next coach of the Clippers, according to multiple reports. Del Negro, a native of Springfield, Mass., was fired by the Bulls in May after going 82-82 over two seasons.

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