The Boston Celtics have worked hard early in the free agency period to get agreements with the key players they felt could solidify their rotation. However, they have yet to bring back one of their top priorities in Ray Allen.
Chris Forsberg of ESPN reported that the Celtics have already offered Allen a two-year $12 million deal and are convinced that he is one of the most important players that they need to bring back this year. Allen has not seemed to be completely sold on the idea that the Celtics respect him and find him as important as they may say.
In an interview, provided by the Boston Herald, Allen responded to a question about the possibility of the Celtics offering him another deal by saying this:
I wouldn't be surprised, but I don't want to go into this season, like I have in past seasons, worrying about whether I was going to be traded or not. At this point we want to ride it out, take this thing to the house, and not have the instability of knowing whether today or tomorrow something is going to happen.
It appears that Danny Ainge may hear Ray Allen loud and clear, as Chris Forsberg also reported that Boston has considered offering Ray Allen a no-trade clause that would keep Allen in Boston unless he agreed to be moved.
A no-trade clause is not something a team puts into a contract every day, especially because the NBA requires the player to have been in the league for at least eight season and have played for the team he is signing with for at least four seasons.
In fact, no-trade clauses are extremely rare in the NBA, as Mike Prada of SB Nation reports that only two of the approximately 450 players on NBA rosters last year had these contract agreements. These two players were Kobe Bryant and Dirk Nowitzki, both players who have been the faces of their franchise for over a decade and have played at the most elite level for years. Not even Paul Pierce, the captain of the Celtics, currently holds a no-trade clause in his contract.
Ray Allen should take this offer as a huge sign of respect and confidence in his ability, as it essentially guarantees Allen to remain with the Celtics for the entirety of his contract.
The Celtics are battling Miami to land the greatest three-point shooter of all time. And in order to sway Allen to Boston, the C's may be willing to extend their current offer into a three-year deal for a little less money a year. The Celtics have already signed Garnett to a three-year deal, so offering Allen the same length contract may be something they consider.
The Celtics will be in great position with an extremely deep bench if they are able to bring Allen back for the upcoming season. Allen is likely to make his final decision over the weekend or early next week, and the C's are hoping Allen won't have to move at all for the next few seasons.