Allen should be a simple re-signing for the Celtics. He wants to return, will play for a contract worth far less than the one he has now, and will embrace a reduced role if asked.
"Have you ever known me to worry about being in the game or playing less minutes?" he said. "I've always said I would love to see Tony Allen play more. I would love to see Marquis (Daniels) in there playing more minutes. It means a great deal to this team.
"At this point, what I'm making now, I made a great living throughout my career," he said. "I know going into next year I won't make the money I'm making now. I know that.
"I'm ready to be here. I'd love to retire with this organization. That's up to the team, but I want to be here. This team has proven over decades to be a winner in sports. I'm committed to it, and that's what I would like to do."
So to recap, he's fine playing more minutes or less in whatever role you want him to play. He's willing to take a paycut and he loves the area and the team. What more could you ask?
By the way, for those of you on twitter, I thought I'd start a new hashtag: #donttraderay. Enjoy.