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In the end, it appeared that the biggest push _ again _ came from Riley, who said before free agency started that Miami had identified “five or six” clear targets to add to the roster. He never specifically said Allen, and given how James was letting the secret out on Twitter anyway, Riley didn’t have to say anything else.

New Orleans Hornets guard Jarrett Jack asked his followers in a tweet about an hour after the Allen story broke if he was “wrong for thinking ray allen is a traitor” for signing with Miami. Even NFL stars were reacting Friday night. Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick used the following hashtags on Twitter to describe his reaction to Allen’s decision: “loaded,” “finalpiece” and “notfair.”

There are probably more than a few people in Boston who would agree.

Miami is still hoping to add at least one more piece through free agency, and is expected to meet this weekend with Marcus Camby (who would most likely have to be acquired through a sign-and-trade if he was to wind up with the Heat) and Rashard Lewis.

Earlier this week, the Celtics reportedly agreed on a $15 million, three-year deal with shooting guard Jason Terry. But Boston also wanted to keep Allen, with general manager Danny Ainge quoted in recent days saying “we really want Ray to come back. Time will tell.”

Allen has made an NBA-record 2,718 3-pointers. He was mentioned in some trade possibilities this past season _ a deal was nearly struck with Memphis _ and Allen eventually lost his starting job to Avery Bradley. Allen needed surgery earlier this offseason to remove bone spurs from his right ankle, though he said when the Celtics were ousted from the playoffs by the Heat for the second straight year that his playing days were not over.

“It’s hard to say what can happen, what may happen,” Allen said after Game 7 of the East finals this year.

He said those words in Miami. Not even a month later, Allen _ who helped the Celtics win the 2008 NBA title _ decided to join the Heat.


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