Ray Allen is in the final year of his deal. Then again, it has been well documented that just about everyone on the Celtics roster is in the final year of their deals. Allen will turn 37 years old this summer and while most superstars his age would have started to fizzle out three or four years ago, Ray has continued to build his case as the greatest shooter the sport has ever seen. In fact, he feels so good that he wants—and expects—a multi-year contract this coming offseason. (Fox Sports Florida)
"My body feels good," Allen said. "Whenever you're with a great organization, it makes it easier, and it makes it funner, and it gives me a great chance to play until I'm 40. I don't know how many guys in the history of this league have done it."
"I'm living on borrowed time right now," said Allen, who does admit he's not as athletic as he was a decade ago but said not much else has changed. "I look around at some of the greats to have played the game. You think about 12 to 14 years is a great career for anybody and at I'm at 16 (years) and still being able to play the game that I want to play."
Allen will be a free agent next summer. When asked if he wants to re-sign with the Celtics, he offered a quick, "Yeah." Does he think he can get another multi-year deal from them at 37?
"Yeah," said Allen, in the second-year of a two-year, $20 million contract. "That's what I want."
I'm not big on giving guys on the wrong side on 30 long-term deals, but Ray's proven that he could shoot until he's 90. He's been relatively injury-free during his time in Boston and the guy seems to work out for fun. He's in ridiculous shape and can still get open with the best of them.
The issue will be how much Ray is looking to get and whether he's even in Danny Ainge's plans since the Celtics will have a ton of cap space after this year. I would love to have Ray back in the fold—as long as it doesn't hamstring the team in terms of possibly bringing in other free agents. I don't know what he thinks he's worth, but he's said and he's shown that he wants to remain in Boston. Would he take a hometown discount to finish his career in green? My gut says yes, but things could change if and when he receives larger offers from other clubs who will try to take the if-you-can't-beat-him-sign-him approach.