For Celtics, it’s back to business

The NBA Finals have backed all other Celtics business up against the
wall, starting with Thursday’s NBA draft and what the team should do
with the 19th overall pick.

Then kicks in the really important business of expiring contracts and
Paul Pierce ’s player option, which must be exercised by June 30.

According to a source, the team will not passively sit on the Celtics
captain’s situation.
The team has scheduled a meeting with Pierce’s representatives following the draft. Though it’s unclear whether it will involve a restructuring of Pierce’s deal, which has two years remaining, or even an extension, his camp hasn’t sent a proposal or a plan to management.

The looming free agency of Ray Allen will take longer.

Celtics general manager Danny Ainge and Allen’s agent, Lon Babby, have yet to meet regarding the veteran guard’s status.

Though both sides want to keep Allen in green, management is said to be concerned about the length of his next contract demand.

One league official recently placed Allen’s value on the wildly competitive free agent market at approximately mid-level exception range, or about $5.6 million. This takes into account the number of premium players who will be contending for max contract money, the number of second-tier free agents and even some thought to be max-level honing in on Rajon Rondo [stats]-level money, or roughly $11 million per season.

Allen’s value, however, could be on the rise, especially for a contender like Cleveland that is expected to embark on a serious search for outside shooting help.

But there’s little doubting the 34-year-old Allen’s intent.

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