Allen, Celtics Agree To Two Year, 20 Million Dollar Deal

By JIMMY GOLEN

AP Sports Writer

BOSTON (AP) – The new Big Three will have another chance at a

third trip to the NBA finals.

Ray Allen confirmed to The Associated Press on Wednesday night

that he has agreed to a two-year, $20 million contract to return to

the Boston Celtics.

The deal was first reported by ESPN.

Allen, who turns 35 this month, was a free agent.

Allen averaged 16.3 points last season as the Celtics reached

the finals for the second time in three years. After Boston lost to

the Los Angeles Lakers in seven games, Allen said, “It's obvious I

don't want to be anywhere else.”

Allen came to Boston in the summer of 2007, joining Paul Pierce

and Kevin Garnett to lead the Celtics to their NBA-record 17th

championship in their first season together.