Ray Allen, who is 36 years old although you wouldn’t know it while watching him shoot 137 percent from the three-point arc, said he has a “great chance” to play until he’s 40 and wants to sign a multi-year deal with the Boston Celtics when his contract expires after this season. (Fox Sports Florida)
“My body feels good,” Allen said. “Whenever you’re with a great organization, it makes it easier, and it makes it funner, and it gives me a great chance to play until I’m 40. I don’t know how many guys in the history of this league have done it.” …
Allen will be a free agent next summer. When asked if he wants to re-sign with the Celtics, he offered a quick, “Yeah.” Does he think he can get another multi-year deal from them at 37?
“Yeah,” said Allen, in the second-year of a two-year, $20 million contract. “That’s what I want.”
I have literally zero idea what direction Danny Ainge will take following this year. Will he try to re-sign Garnett and Allen to smaller deals? Start from scratch building around Rajon Rondo with quiet moves designed for the future? Try to make bold sign-and-trades to reload on the fly? Kiss Dwight Howard’s shoes, promise to do all Howard’s laundry for six years and give Howard the “Ray Allen in He Got Game” recruiting experience to try to entice the game’s best center (sorry, Greg Stiemsma) to join the Celtics? Some combination of all that?
I have no idea what the Celtics will look like in 2012-13. But I surely wouldn’t mind Ray Allen making a return, as long as it’s for a fair price.