Ray Allen to Heat: Analysis, Grade and Twitter Reaction

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Ray Allen to Heat: Analysis, Grade and Twitter Reaction
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The rivalry between the Miami Heat and the Boston Celtics just got taken to a whole new level with Ray Allen's decision to take his talents to South Beach as an unrestricted free agent.

Heat owner Micky Arison first reported the news via Twitter, which was confirmed by Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated:

Since the Celtics agreed to a three-year contract with veteran guard Jason Terry, per the Boston Globe's Gary Washburn, Allen would have likely been the third-string shooting guard behind Terry and probable starter Avery Bradley.

However, the possibility of less playing time doesn't seem to be the reason why Allen chose the Heat over the Celtics, even though Boston could have offered him twice the amount of money.

Per Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports:

His relationship with Rondo wasn't the only issue with Allen, according to Wojnarowski:

This is a signing that won't sit well with Celtics fans, and it may take a while before the people of Boston get over this.

Let's analyze the move for both teams and grade the signing for Miami.


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The Celtics are better suited to win now with Terry than they are with Allen. Allen shot just 30 percent from the three-point line in the 2011-12 playoffs, which was the worst percentage from beyond the arc in his playoff career. He also shot just 71 percent from the foul line in the playoffs, far below his career playoff average of 88 percent.

In addition, he brought very little athleticism to the Celtics, which Terry will be able to provide. Allen's one-on-one defense improved greatly in his first season in Boston, but it wasn't as good as the team would have liked this past season. Injuries probably had a large impact on this.

While the Celtics may in fact be better-off going forward without Allen, the Heat will certainly benefit from his outside shooting ability.

Allen is still a reliable three-point shooter and will stretch the floor, so Dwyane Wade and LeBron James can have enough room to attack the rim. He shot a career-high 45 percent from beyond the arc last season, and with all the weapons that the Heat have on offense, he will likely have a ton of open shots next season.

If injuries force Mike Miller to retire or play a lesser role next season, Allen will be able to give Miami the outside shooter it needs in critical moments.

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Play-by-play voice for the Celtics on 93.7 WEEI Sean Grande shares his thoughts on Allen's departure:

Wojnarowski reports some more information on Rondo and Allen:

He also reported on Pat Riley's presentation to Allen:

LeBron James also shared his thoughts on Allen's decision (via Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports):

James continued by saying:

Matt Moore of CBSSports.com shares that Allen had a better regular season three-point shooting percentage than Terry. However, it's worth mentioning that the former Mavericks guard shot better from beyond the arc in the playoffs.

Grade: B+

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Allen's injury history could be an issue for Miami, but if he's healthy, he will be a valuable addition to its roster. He will give Miami some needed scoring off the bench, and he's a high-character guy in the locker room and the community.

He also has a history of hitting clutch shots in both the regular season and the playoffs. Even though James proved he could be clutch during the 2011-12 NBA playoffs, it never hurts to add more players with the "clutch gene."

Allen will certainly bolster Miami's talent and depth on offense, but his departure won't prevent the Celtics from having a chance to make the NBA Finals next season.

Nicholas Goss is an NBA and NHL Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report, follow him on Twitter.

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