It was a postseason full of ups and downs for Ray Allen in 2013. Many a times, Miami Heat fans were disgusted by his spotty play, but when the stage lights came on — Allen was ready to rock.
With all of the championship parades over and done with, the Heat organization faces a few tough tasks this offseason and almost all of them involve a lack of funds. With Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh all making well over $20 million apiece, this franchise needs another money tree to keep guys like Allen around. Miami’s relationship with Allen may have been strained after No. 20 decided not to accept his $3.2 million player option for the 2013-14 season.
Obviously, Allen believes he is worth much more than that.
Not to mention, under the NBA‘s new collective bargaining agreement, Allen can start a new contract this offseason at a 20-percent raise over the $3.1 million he earned this past season. Depending on how he enjoyed his first year in Miami, Allen can either book to another city or structure a long-term deal with the Heat. However, any Heat and Allen negotiations will not be able to start until July 10th — this is a big deal as NBA Free Agency begins July 1st, giving other NBA teams over a week to speak with the sharpshooter.
For now, the league prepares for the 2013 NBA Draft, but once free agency hits, Allen’s name will be popping up across the country.