Ray Allen will take less money for a chance at another NBA championship.
Allen told the Miami Heat on Friday night that he intends to accept their contract offer and leave Boston after five seasons, even though the Celtics could pay him about twice as much as the reigning NBA champions will be able to next season. Miami could only offer Allen the mini mid-level, worth about $3 million for next season.
Heat owner Micky Arison got the word from Heat President Pat Riley, who made Allen the team's top free-agent priority, especially in recent days. Allen arrived in Miami on Thursday for a visit, went to dinner with Riley, Coach Erik Spoelstra, team executive Alonzo Mourning and others Thursday night, then left Friday to presumably decide his future.
Hours later, the choice was made. Allen's agent, James Tanner, confirmed the decision to The Associated Press not long after Arison's tweet.
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Allen cannot officially sign until Wednesday because of the league's moratorium.
Knicks want Kidd and Lin
The Knicks view Jason Kidd as Jeremy Lin's teammate, not a replacement. And once they finish the deal that would bring Kidd to New York, they can move on to keeping Lin, who will be able to sign the offer sheet he agreed to Thursday with the Rockets. The Knicks will have three days to match the offer for the restricted free agent, and they have repeatedly said they plan to keep Lin, who became a breakout star when he took over the starting point guard role in February.
Step one is nearing its completion. The Knicks and Kidd were still working Friday on terms of the deal that will get him from Dallas to New York, according to a person familiar with the details.
76ers to let Brand go
The 76ers turned a mundane off-season into a monumental one by jettisoning their leading scorers from each of the last two seasons and clearing needed space in the salary cap to potentially set up a bigger move.
Team president Rod Thorn said the Sixers have decided to use the amnesty clause on Elton Brand and will get about $18 million in salary cap relief for next season. With money to spend, the Sixers agreed Friday to a one-year contract with guard Nick Young, who spent his first four-plus seasons with the Wizards before he was traded to the Clippers in March. He's averaged 11.4 points over his career.
Young's arrival signaled the end of Lou Williams' run. He averaged 11.3 points over a seven-year career with the Sixers.
Around the league
Warriors: Golden State signed 30th overall pick Festus Ezeli from Vanderbilt to his rookie contract.
Nets: Brooklyn signed second-round pick Tyshawn Taylor from Kansas.