August 3, 2005
- The Seattle SuperSonics today re-signed five-time All-Star guard Ray Allen
, Sonics General Manager Rick Sund announced. Per team policy, terms of Allen’s new contract were not disclosed.
“We’re absolutely thrilled to welcome Ray back to our team,” said Sund. “He’s a proven All-Star and one of the top players in the NBA. He’s been a tremendous asset for the Sonics, both on and off the court, since we acquired him in 2003.”
Allen, 30, was named All-NBA Second Team in 2004-05 when he averaged a career-high 23.9 points per game, ranking him 10th in the league. He finished the season tied with teammate Luke Ridnour for seventh in the NBA in free-throw percentage (.883) and was eighth in the league in minutes per game (39.3). During the 2005 NBA Playoffs, Allen scored 45 points on May 1 in a first-round, Game 4 victory over Sacramento, tying a Sonics postseason record (Fred Brown, 1976).
Following Seattle’s acquisition of Allen in 2003, he had an immediate impact, averaging 24.5 points per game over the final 29 games of the season while leading the Sonics to a 17-12 record.
“Ray’s renewed commitment today to the Sonics and his vision for the success of this franchise furthers our organization’s goal of contending for a championship,” said Sonics & Storm President and CEO Wally Walker. “He is our cornerstone.”
A nine-year NBA veteran, Allen has career averages of 20.6 points, 4.7 rebounds and 3.9 assists. He was named All-NBA Third Team following the 2000-01 season. In 2002-03, Allen won the NBA’s sportsmanship award. He was also a member of the gold-medal winning U.S. Olympic team in 2000.
After being named first-team All-American by the Sporting News following his junior year at the University of Connecticut, Allen was selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves with the fifth pick in the 1996 NBA Draft. His rights were traded on draft day to the Milwaukee Bucks and, in his first season, he made the All-Rookie Second Team.
Allen spent six-plus years with the Bucks before coming to Seattle with Ronald Murray, Kevin Ollie and a conditional first-round draft choice in exchange for Gary Payton and Desmond Mason on Feb. 20, 2003. The Sonics eventually selected Ridnour with the first-round selection (No. 14 overall) in the 2003 NBA Draft.