NBA Notebook: Ray Allen on verge of signing with Heat

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Ray Allen lingered on the court after his Boston Celtics lost Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals to the Miami Heat last month, shaking hands and offering congratulations.

A few minutes later, Allen made a vow about his future. "There's still a lot of basketball left in my legs," he said.

The Heat apparently were listening, apparently agree -- and will soon officially welcome Allen to their club.

Allen told the Heat Friday night he intends to accept their contract offer and leave Boston after five seasons, even though the Celtics could have paid him about twice as much as the reigning NBA champs will be able to next season. Miami could only offer Allen the mini mid-level, about $3 million a year.

Heat owner Micky Arison tweeted the news just after 9:30 p.m. Friday, or about 2:30 a.m. Saturday in Europe, where Arison has been for several days.

"I was just woken up with great news," Arison wrote. "Welcome to the family."

He ended the tweet by making mention of Allen's jersey No. 20, but didn't mention the NBA's top 3-point shooter by name. No matter -- Allen's agent, James Tanner, confirmed the plan to AP moments later.

A person briefed on details of the decision told AP that Arison got the word from team president Pat Riley, who made Allen the team's top free-agent priority -- especially in recent days.

Trail Blazers

Larry Miller has resigned as president of the Portland Trail Blazers .

The team announced Miller's surprising departure Saturday. The team said he is leaving to take a position with another Portland-area business.

Miller was president of the Blazers the past five years. He helped oversee the team's hiring of Neil Olshey as general manager early last month.

During Miller's tenure, the Blazers returned to the postseason for the first time in six seasons, making three straight trips to the playoffs from 2009-2011. Portland was 28-38 last season and missed the playoffs.

Additionally, the Blazers have led the Western Conference in average home attendance for the past four seasons.

On Twitter, Blazers owner Paul Allen said it was "sad to see Larry Miller leave" for another job and that a search for his replacement is under way.



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