The surprising news of Ray Allen's defection from the Boston Celtics to their recent rival the Miami Heat was reported late last week, but what does this mean for both teams involved? Early on in free-agency it looked like a sure thing that Allen would re-sign with the Boston Celtics. But obviously Allen was unhappy with the situation in Boston and the constant love he received from Miami and it's players made an impression on him that he couldn't ignore. A number of reasons have been speculated over and blamed for this decision and Allen's apparent discontent within the Celtics organisation. An alleged fued with Rajon Rondo has even surfaced amid all the speculation and rumors, surprising and shattering many Boston fans worldwide. The reason of Allen's move is still up for debate, but really in Miami they won't care one bit. [caption id="attachment_8961" align="alignright" width="200"] How will teams defend James and Wade with Allen spreading the floor now?[/caption] In their point of view, it doesn't matter why Allen decided to leave Boston, it just matters that he did. And I don't think they could hope for anything more (at the money they can offer) then what they will get in Allen. Allen seems to be a perfect fit in this Miami line-up. They need three-point shooting and he just happens to be the greatest three-point shooter of all time. Miami's outside threats came up big in the Finals this year and clearly showed the competition what a good three-point shooter can do on this team. Defenders and coaches are so worried about the speed and athleticism inside the key of James, Wade and Bosh, that the other two players on the court seem to be wide open a majority of the time. Allen brings an interesting new facet to Miami's arsenal. When Allen starts shooting the lights out, what are opposition teams going to do? Are they going to stop doubling Wade or James? Or are they going to defend Allen and leave a defender on an island against James? There seems to be no correct answer and this is certainly a question that opposition coaches would have preferred to never face. Allen doesn't lack experience in the big games either, which should come in handy when the Playoffs come around next season. Although Miami is by no means in desperate need of experience, but it can never hurt having someone with Finals experience on your side. It makes me wonder, however, what will happen to Mike Miller now? We all know about the serious injuries that he has carried throughout the last few seasons. It got to the point where he had to lie on the sidelines, unable to sit on the bench with his teammates. The most likely outcome looks like retirement for Miller, unless he desperately seeks a second championship and is happy spending less time on the court in the process. Allen's presence could even give him the rest he needs during the year in order to play another season out. So where does this leave Boston? While Allen is a veteran who was widely loved and admired in Boston due to his role in their recent championship, in reality it doesn't hurt them in any serious way. They have swapped Allen for the player with the game most similar to his in the NBA, ex Dallas Maverick Jason Terry. Terry is fourth on the NBA's all time 3-point scoring list, while Allen sits first, a clear example that they hold exactly the same potent weapon. They also had a fantastic draft, picking up Sullinger, who holds fantastic potential and was an absolute steal at that stage of the draft. This leaves Boston in a stronger position then last year and they will no doubt heavily contend for the title once again. One thing is certainly clear about this trade. Miami again will be under the spotlight and every performance of Allen's will now be scrutinized more than ever before.
How do you think he will fit into this Miami team? Is another championship on the way to South Beach? Photo Credits: (top) www.jordansdaily.com (inset) www.washingtonexaminer.com