Ray Allen said Friday night that he would like to negotiate a contract extension with the Celtics beyond this season. Allen, who turned 34 in July, is entering the final year of a five-year, $85 million deal he signed with the team formally known as the Seattle SuperSonics. Allen will earn $19.7 million this season.
"Of course, but it will be dealt with in its time," said Allen, when asked whether he would like to play more years in Boston. "My job doesn’t change. I gotta go out and do the same things. We get paid to play basketball. We’re all in a great situation so we can’t look past this year."
This isn't the first time this has been reported. I expect that Ray would like an extension. It only makes sense. He's in a great situation and he'd like to sign (perhaps) one more deal before his play starts to decline.
I expect Danny would be interested in talking extension as well, ...at the right price. I'm not sure Danny is all that interested in giving up the flexibility that Ray's expiring contract gives him. I don't see a lot of scenarios where Ray would be traded mid-season, but after this season the Celtics currently have several options with Ray. They can still resign him, they can sign-and-trade him, or they could just let him walk and take the savings on the cap.
If Ray gets an extension, it will obviously be for a very large paycut. Just how low Ray is willing to go will determine if he'll retire a Celtic or if he'll have to let the market dictate his next paycheck.
How much would you be willing to give Ray to stick around?