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Report: Mutual interest between Ray Allen, Heat

Posted by Gary Dzen, Boston.com Staff  June 25, 2012 05:26 PM

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Former Celtics guard Ray Allen -- soon to be a free agent -- is interested in signing with the Miami Heat, and the feeling is mutual, league sources tell ESPN.com's Brian Windhorst. Allen will be free to re-sign with the Celtics or sign with any other team when NBA free agency opens July 1.

Miami is an attractive option for free agents, and the Heat became even more attractive after winning the NBA championship last week. But the most the Heat can afford to pay Allen is $3 million per season, according to Windhorst. Allen made $10 million this season in the final year of his contract.

Allen hasn't commented on where he'd like to play next season, but it seems likely he will return to the NBA rather than retire.

"There's still a lot of basketball left in my legs, I know that for sure," Allen said after the Celtics' loss to the Heat in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals. "It's hard to say what can happen, what may happen. The four of us [Allen, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Rajon Rondo] know how to play basketball, know how to win games."

Allen had surgery to remove bone spurs from his ankle last week. He was in attendance at the Travelers Championship in Cromwell, Conn., late last week but did not participate in the pro-am because of the surgery. He did not answer questions from reporters on his status for next season. Allen played at the University of Connecticut and has put down roots in New England ever since he left in 1996.

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