June 7, 2012; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Celtics shooting guard Ray Allen (20) works for the ball against Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) during the first half in game six of the Eastern Conference finals of the 2012 NBA playoffs at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-US PRESSWIRE
The Big Three era is officially over. Ray Allen has decided to leave the Boston Celtics and take his talents to South Beach to join LeBron James and the Miami Heat, according to multiple reports. Allen spent five seasons in Boston.
Ray Allen has brought an end to the Big Three era in Boston, deciding not to return to the Boston Celtics. Instead, the former All-Star and the NBA's three-point king will take his talents to South Beach to join the Miami Heat, according to Miami Heat owner Micky Arison.
Its 2:30am in London and I was just woken up with great news.Welcome to the family #20!!— Micky Arison (@MickyArison) July 7, 2012
The news of Allen's signing was confirmed by Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.
Allen met with the Heat in Miami on Thursday and spent the night before leaving on Friday morning before a deal had been completed. After his visit, reports surfaced that Allen was torn between Boston and Miami, but ultimately decided to join the Heat. Allen's deteriorating relationship with Celtics guard Rajon Rondo, as well as Danny Ainge's attempt to trade Allen at the midway point of the season, reportedly played a role in Allen's decision to leave.
Allen played five seasons with the Celtics, winning one NBA championship in the process.