Ray Allen leaves Celtics for Heat
Ray Allen has agreed to join the Heat next season. (ADAM HUNGER/Reuters file photo)
The NBA champion Miami Heat are set to bolster their blockbuster roster with the signing of three-point king Ray Allen from the Boston Celtics.
"Its 2:30am in London and I was just woken up with great news. Welcome to the family #20!!," Heat owner Micky Arison tweeted Saturday.
Three-time MVP LeBron James confirmed Allen would be joining him in Florida shortly thereafter.
"#HeatNation please welcome our newest teammate Ray Allen #Wow," the eight-time all-Star tweeted.
However, the league's moratorium means Allen cannot officially sign until Wednesday.
The deal is a huge coup for Miami and the 36-year-old Allen will link up with the Heat's 'Big Three' of James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.
Allen is the NBA's all-time leading three-point scorer and a 10-time All-Star and won the NBA title with Boston in 2008.
Local media said Allen had agreed a $3-million a season deal with Miami, half the amount he was reportedly offered by the Celtics to remain in Boston.