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Ray Allen Free Agency Rumors 2012: Los Angeles Clippers Drop Out Of Allen Sweepstakes

The Los Angeles Clippers have canceled their Friday meeting with Ray Allen after reaching verbal agreements with Jamal Crawford and Chauncey Billups, the Los Angeles Times reported on Thursday.

With the Clippers dropping out of the Allen sweepstakes, the 36-year old shooting guard is expected to be down to two potential destinations: the Miami Heat and Boston Celtics.

Allen is visiting in Miami on Thursday, with the Heat's hope that they can convince him to sign for significantly less than Boston's reported standing offer of two years and $12 million. Miami will try to lure him with the prospect of competing for another title.

The Boston Herald reported Thursday that Boston is making a strong push to keep Allen despite reaching an agreement with Jason Terry earlier during the NBA free agency moratorium. The Celtics could be willing to include a no-trade clause or trade kicker in their offer that would give Allen a significant pay raise should he get dealt from the Celtics during the span of his next contract.

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