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Report: Boston Celtics could double Ray Allen Heat offer

The Boston Celtics are moving on to step two in the process of keeping their "big three" intact for another season. ESPN's Chris Broussard reports in a tweet that the Celtics are willing to offer shooting guard and free agent Ray Allen a contract extension far out of the range of what the Miami Heat can provide.

The Heat looked to be in prime position to land the future hall of fame shooting guard. The team and player were reported to have a mutual interest in one another last week, with the Heat looking for a new player to fill in their long-range specialist role and Allen looking for at least one more championship to add to his trophy case before he retires.

Allen, 36, struggled with injuries this past season, but still achieved a career-best 45.3% average from three-point range.