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NBA Free Agency 2012: Ray Allen to Reportedly Join Miami Heat

BOSTON, MA - JUNE 07:  Ray Allen #20 of the Boston Celtics reacts in the first hlaf against the Miami Heat in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Finals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs on June 7, 2012 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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Peter OwenCorrespondent IIJuly 7, 2012

Ray Allen is set to join the Miami Heat, according to team owner Micky Arison on Twitter.

Its 2:30am in London and I was just woken up with great news. Welcome to the family #20!!

— Micky Arison@MickyArison) 6 Jul 12

Allen, a free agent this summer, was meeting with the Miami Heat over the past few days as he struggled to decide whether to remain loyal to the Boston Celtics' organization that has helped him achieve greatness or move on and chase more championship rings.

Allen, the NBA's all-time leading three-point scorer, is a fantastic addition to the 2012 champion Miami Heat roster.

With 2006 Finals MVP Dwyane Wade already playing shooting guard, Allen will likely lead the bench unit, providing an answer to Miami's issues with bench production.

Allen could even slot into a lineup featuring Wade, Shane Battier, LeBron James and Chris Bosh, with LeBron acting as a point-forward. A lineup like this would be impossible to defend against, with long-range weapons, LeBron James' explosiveness and Chris Bosh's low-post and mid-range skills.

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