NBA.com and The Associated Press had earlier reported Allen’s planned visits.
Miami can offer the soon-to-be-37-year-old Allen, who’s spent the past five seasons with the Celtics, only the mini mid-level exception worth just over $3 million a year, while Boston is positioned to offer a two-year, $12 million contract, sources have told ESPN.com.
Celtics coach Doc Rivers talked to Allen on Sunday and called it a “stretch” that the NBA’s leading 3-point shooter will play elsewhere next season.
“We really want him back and I really think at the end of the day that he will be back because this is such a good fit for him,” Rivers said. “We need him back and we’re trying to get him back. We can offer him more money. Yes, there are a couple of teams way under the cap who might be able to offer more money. But other than that, we can offer him more (than Miami or Memphis). He already lives here. He knows his role and everything else. It’s a stretch for me to see him go somewhere else.”
The Memphis Grizzlies have offered Allen their full mid-level exception, worth $5 million, for two years.
Like the Grizzlies, the Clippers can offer Allen the full mid-level exception. The Clippers view Allen as a starter, sources have told Broussard.
In addition to Boston, Miami, Memphis and the Clippers, the Minnesota Timberwolves, Atlanta Hawks and Dallas Mavericks have also expressed interest in Allen, the sources said.
“I’ve talked to the Heat several times, and we’ll continue to talk to them,” agent Tony Dutt told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel on Monday. “We’re just looking at all of the options at this point and we’re going to sit down later in the week and figure out the top three or four spots that make sense and then he may visit those particular spots.”