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Ray Allen thanks Celtics fans with full-page newspaper ad

Ray Allen thanked Boston fans for his five years in the city and "an incredible journey." (Nathaniel S. Butler/Getty Images)

Without question there are some hard feelings in Boston after Ray Allen left the Celtics to sign with the Miami Heat.

But Allen tried to mitigate that in Sunday's Boston Globe when he took out a full-page ad to thank Boston fans for the five years he spent with the Celtics.

Dear Celtics Fans, for the past five years, my family and I took great pride in calling Boston home. We have loved living in this city, being members of the Celtics family and being part of your community. These memories will be cherished forever. From my heart, THANK YOU Boston for this incredible journey. Ray Allen #20.
Allen signed with the reigning NBA champions earlier this month for $3 million per season, roughly half of what he could have made in Boston.
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