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Tony Allen wants to re-sign with Celtics

Tony Allen [1] made it clear where he wants to play basketball next season.

‘€œI am a Celtic,’€ he told WEEI.com. ‘€œI love being a Celtic. It’€™d mean everything in the world [return next season].’€

Allen will be an unrestricted free agent after this season. He has garnered attention during the playoffs with his gritty defense against some of the league’€™s best perimeter scorers, most recently containing Kobe Bryant [2] in the NBA finals [3].

While Allen attested that he is focused on winning a championship, not free agency — ‘€œI haven’€™t really thought about summer right now,’€ he said. ‘€œAll I’€™m worried about is the finals.’€ — he hopes he has played his way to another contract in Boston.

Allen has spent his entire career with the Celtics [4]. He was selected by the team with the 25th pick in the 2004 NBA Draft and signed his current two-year deal (worth $2.5 million a year) following the 2008 championship season.

Even though basketball is a business and the look of a team can change in an instant, Allen can’€™t imagine himself wearing anything but green next season.

‘€œNone whatsoever, none whatsoever,’€ he said. ‘€œI mean, things happen but I feel like I’€™m going to be a Celtic for life.’€