Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis have signed their contracts with the NBA champion Miami Heat, and will be introduced in news conferences sometime on Wednesday July 11, 2012.
Allen agreed to join the Heat on Friday. Lewis agreed to terms with Miami on Tuesday. Neither deal could be completed until the NBA’s off-season moratorium expired Wednesday.
Allen will make just over $3 million US this season. He comes to Miami after five seasons with the Boston Celtics, who offered the NBA's all-time three-point leader nearly twice as much money as the Heat were permitted to spend.
There doesn’t seem to be a ton of minutes for Allen unless Miller can’t get healthy, which is a possibility. And Miami still needs a real center to avoid playing small as much as it did in the postseason. Let’s remember that as presently standing, the Heat won the championship. They already have added Allen and Lewis, which will make them the favorites to repeat.
Lewis, who already has $13.7 million coming from New Orleans in a buyout, is done as a starter in this league but would not be a bad fit coming off Miami’s bench, standing at the arc and firing away. It’s kind of hard to imagine him keeping up with the defensive rotations, though.