Report: Allen could opt out of Heat deal after one year

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Report: Allen could opt out of Heat deal after one year

For fans stung by Ray Allen's departure to the Miami Heat, this won't make them feel any better, but it is interesting nonetheless.

Allen's deal with the Heat has been reported to be a 3-year deal worth about 9 million, but according to the Miami Herald, Allen could choose to leave Miami after one season on South Beach.

From the Herald:
Heat fans should appreciate Ray Allen next season, because there's no assurance he will be here beyond that. Two sources with direct knowledge tell us that Allens two-year deal with the Heat includes a 3.2 million player option for 2013-14. So if Allen wants to become a free agent again next July, he can.

Too soon to suggest a return to Boston for the 2013-14 season? Yeah, too soon.

Five takeaways: Booker's 70 puts focus on C's lack of D

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Five takeaways: Booker's 70 puts focus on C's lack of D

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Knicks' Noah suspended 20 games by NBA for drug policy violation

Knicks' Noah suspended 20 games by NBA for drug policy violation

NEW YORK - Joakim Noah of the New York Knicks has been suspended 20 games without pay for violating the league’s anti-drug policy.

The NBA announced the suspension Saturday, saying Noah tested positive for Selective Androgen Receptor Modulator LGD-4033 – something that can be found in over-the-counter supplements.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports first reported the suspension.

Noah has not played since Feb. 4 and was likely to miss the Knicks’ final 10 games this season because of a knee injury. The NBA said Noah’s suspension will begin with the ”first NBA regular season or playoff game for which he is eligible and physically able to play.”

Noah is in the first year of a four-year, $72 million contract. He and the Knicks (27-45) have been a disappointment this season. He averaged 5.0 points and 8.7 rebounds in 46 games this season, and has been limited to 75 games over the past two seasons.