Ray Allen exercises option, will remain a Celtic

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The NBA’s all-time leading three-point shooter isn’t going anywhere next season. According to A. Sherrod Blakely of CNNSE.com, Allen exercised the second-year option on his contract on Tuesday, which will pay him exactly $10 million next season.

Obviously, this is a win-win for all parties involved. Allen makes 10 million dollars, which is a lot of money, and doesn’t have to worry about how the upcoming CBA battle will impact his pay next season. He also gets to stay with the Celtics, who he’s won a ring with and clearly enjoys being a part of.

The Celtics should be thrilled to retain Allen as well. Allen may be 35, but players don’t loose their shooting strokes as they age, and Allen may have the best stroke in the history of the league.

Allen is still one of the league’s best shooters, having shot a career-high 44% on threes last season (as Blakely noted), has transformed himself into a complete scorer who can put in a bucket from any spot on the floor, is one of the game’s smartest offensive and defensive players, and no player puts more work into keeping his body working and his skills sharp than Allen. I can easily see Allen playing effective ball until he’s nearly 40, assuming he has the desire to do so.

The Celtics/Allen partnership has been successful ever since the Celtics traded the #5 overall pick (who turned into Jeff Green, ironically enough) to get him, and both parties should be glad that it will continue for at least another year. The only people who should be disappointed by this are those who were hoping to see He Got Game 2: Jesus’ Free Agency Decision in the near future. And hey, if the lockout goes on for long enough, that might happen anyways.

Kyrie Irving: ‘I see you. I see everyone. More than just your physical presence, I see your energy. I feel it. I know it’

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Kyrie Irving has done good lately.

Not just during Celtics games. He gave his jersey and shoes to military members in the crowd, and he recently shared a Thanksgiving dinner with Boston families.

Irving also addressed the event.

Irving, via Nicole Yang of Boston.com:

“I see you,” he said. “I see everyone. More than just your physical presence, I see your energy. I feel it. I know it.”

“I think that the most important thing that I strive to live by is extremely by truth and by consistently giving others the truth, without any judgement, without constraints, without anything extra except the understanding that I see you,” he said. “I have family members who come from knowing energy, and it was passed along to me.”

I can’t get enough of all this stuff.

Report: Derrick Rose away from Cavaliers, evaluating his future in basketball

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When Derrick Rose went AWOL from the Knicks last season for what he called a family issue, rumors swirled that he was contemplating retirement. Rose denied it, but those whispers are reemerging.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:

Rose has been out with what seemed like a relative minor, for him at least, ankle injury. The 29-year-old could stick in the league for a while thanks to his reputation and ability to attack the rim to create shots for himself. But the guard is a shell of peak form after years of more serious injuries. This isn’t the career anyone expected for him when he was named the youngest MVP ever in 2011.

Before the season, Rose was talking about getting a raise on his next contract. He seemed happy to join a contender and have LeBron James in his corner.

But something is amiss. Hopefully, Rose can find contentment – whether that’s continuing his NBA career or walking away.

Ryan McDonough: Suns want to sign two-way Mike James to standard contract

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Brandon Knight got hurt. Eric Bledsoe got traded.

The Suns made Mike James – a 27-year-old rookie on a two-way contract – their starting point guard.

Though he eventually ceded the role to Tyler Ulis, James – the only player on a two-way contract to start an NBA game – is still a rotation regular. He’s an aggressive defender and possesses plenty of offensive moves.

The problem: Unless demoted to Phoenix’s minor-league affiliate before then, he’ll max out the 45 allowable NBA days for a two-way player Dec. 6.

Suns general manager Ryan McDonough, via Scott Bordow of azcentral:

We’d still like to get him on the 15-man roster and we’re looking at different ways to do that.

The Suns can unilaterally convert James’ two-contract into a standard one-year minimum deal. Both sides could also negotiate a longer contract.

The bigger issue is clearing a roster spot.

Phoenix has the maximum 15 players with standard contracts with no obvious cuts. Derrick Jones Jr. doesn’t play much, but the 20-year-old’s athleticism creates intriguing upside. Second-rounder Davon Reed is hurt, though teams rarely cut bait so quickly.

So, a trade is possible. Greg Monroe never seemed long for Phoenix. Or anyone else could be moved.

If it comes to it, the Suns could send James to the minors to bide time. But they want to play competitive basketball, and he helps. So, expect something else to give within the next couple weeks.

Joel Embiid upgrades himself from 69% to 81%: ‘Shoutout to Jalen Rose’

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A story in three parts:

1. After posting 46-15-7-7 in a win over the Lakers, frequently injured 76ers center Joe Embiid declared himself to be 69%:

2. ESPN analyst Jalen Rose called that joke “unprofessional:”

3. Embiid upgraded his status to 81% with a “shoutout to Jalen Rose:”

In case you didn’t get the joke.