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

Ray Allen [1] reached a two-year agreement with the Celtics [2] and is looking forward to continuing his career in Boston.

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

According to a source familiar with the negotiations, WEEI.com 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 [3] 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 [4] about joining him, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade [5] on a “Dream Team.”

Allen’s return to the Celtics keeps the “Big Three” intact. Paul Pierce [6] agreed to a four-year deal last week and Kevin Garnett [7] 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 WEEI.com [8] 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.”