View Full Version : Ray Allen Re-signs with Seattle

07-05-2005, 11:19 AM
Deal is for five years, agent saysBy Chad Ford
ESPN Insider

Ray Allen was wooed by LeBron James, Mike Dunleavy and that Atlanta Hawks for the last five days. In the end, he decided that there was no place like home.

Ray Allen
Shooting Guard
Seattle SuperSonics

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Allen's agent, Lon Babby, said Tuesday morning that Allen has agreed to terms with the Sonics on a five-year deal.

Babby refused to divulge the contract amount. However, a source close to the negotiations said the deal would be for 5 years, $80 million.

Allen can't sign a contract until the league lifts its player movement moratorium. That ban is expected to be lifted on July 22, though there's been talk around the league that it could be pushed back as much as week.

The move should have major ramifications for both the Sonics and the rest of the free agent market.

Where will Michael Redd sign?

Now that the Sonics have re-signed Allen, look for them to get aggressive in bringing back the rest of the pieces, including head coach Nate McMillan, that helped the Sonics secure a third seed in the West.

The Sonics are also trying to re-sign free agents Vladimir Radmanovic, Antonio Daniels, Reggie Evans, Jerome James and Ronald Murray.

Allen's agreement with the Sonics will also have affect on a number of other free agent two guards looking for new deals. The Clippers and Hawks had made Allen a top priority, and the Cavs had Allen as their back-up plan should Michael Redd decide to return to Milwaukee.

With Allen now out of the picture, expect both Los Angeles and the Atlanta to turn to the next top available free agent guards -- Joe Johnson and Larry Hughes. Johnson is a restricted free agent who has garnered a large amount of interest around the league. However, teams have been slow to offer him a contract because of the Suns ability (and stated intention) to match any deal.

Hughes is an unrestricted free agent who, statistically, was at the top of his class. However, it's been widely assumed that he'll re-sign with the Wizards. The Wizards can offer Hughes an extra year and more money than either the Hawks or Clippers.

After those two, the market drops off pretty dramatically. Bobby Simmons, Marko Jaric, Cuttino Mobley, Latrell Sprewell and Gerald Wallace are the next best guards on the board.

07-05-2005, 11:22 AM
About time Seattle did something right.

07-05-2005, 12:16 PM
awesome..so they gave him 5 years 80 mill, not the 100 mill that he was looking for.

Very reasonable deal for a guy that is going to shoot lights out no matter how old he is.

07-05-2005, 02:19 PM
Allen and Seattle = good fit

I'm glad it got done

07-05-2005, 02:20 PM
If the sonics do resign most of their other players they are going to be the raptors of a few years ago. They will miss the playoffs this year and will be strapped with bad contracts for a long time.

07-05-2005, 02:22 PM
^^^^ explain please

07-06-2005, 11:39 AM
5/80 is a reasonable deal for Ray Allen.

I hope Seattle doesn't go crazy and sign the rest of their free-agents, most of whom were playing for a contract. They should take their time and build slowly around Allen.

07-07-2005, 05:59 PM
Not only is Ray Allen going to be breaking down within two years, but I don't trust anyone else they have as free agents. The raptors had the same type of situation a few years ago where they resigned a ton of free agents right after a good season, and it turns out they were only playing to get a contract. Nobody else on the sonics who is a free agent has ever done anything till this year. They are screwed if they don't resign them since there are so many of them, yet if they do I am convinced they will go right back to being bottom feeders.

07-07-2005, 06:21 PM
I dont think that Ray Allen is going to break down within two years. That is a ridiculous statement. He is 29, he has never had a bad year in his career, and just finished his best year ever. He has the sweetest shot in basketball and is a team player. The guy has way more than 2 years left.