Published July 11, 2012
| Sports Network
Miami, FL – The world champion Miami Heat officially signed guard Ray Allen and forward Rashard Lewis on Wednesday.
Allen rejected a two-year, $12 million offer from the Celtics to join LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami, according to the Miami Herald. Allen's deal with the Heat is for two years and is worth $6.3 million.
"I think it was maybe July 6, there was a moment where I just had to decide," Allen said. "I felt I contributed a great deal to the organization in Boston and they've been so good to me and my family. I was thinking is Miami going to be a good fit for me? There was a moment. I talked to the people around me and they said change is not bad. It was that moment I said this is going to be a great opportunity for me."
Allen's five-year run in Boston is officially over. The sharp-shooting guard was dealt to Boston in June 2007 after spending his previous 4 1/2 seasons with the then-Seattle Supersonics.
Allen won his lone NBA title with Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce in 2008.
The NBA's all-time leader in three-point baskets, Allen has averaged 20.0 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.6 assists over 1,148 career games with Milwaukee, Seattle and Boston. He has made 2,718 shots from beyond the arc.
In 128 playoff contests, Allen has averaged 18.2 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists.
Allen, a 10-time All-Star, was originally drafted by the Minnesota Timberwolves with the fifth overall pick in the 1996 NBA Draft. He was immediately acquired by the Bucks in a draft night deal for Stephon Marbury.
Lewis has accepted a $1.35 million minimum salary to join the reigning NBA champions, according to the paper.
The 14-year veteran played 28 games for Washington this past season, averaging 7.8 points and 3.9 rebounds.
Known as a shooter, Lewis has made 38.8 percent of his career 3-pointers over 934 games with the former SuperSonics, the Magic and the Wizards. He has career averages of 16.1 points and 5.6 rebounds.
"I'm at a point in my career where I've been on the All-Star team, played for 13, 14 years and I've made a pretty good amount of money over my career," Lewis said. "Everybody sets goals over their career and my next goal is obviously to try to win a championship. The ball can't bounce forever. I'm sure you all see the gray hair on my head."