LOS ANGELES – 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 on Saturday.
Three-time NBA Most Valuable Player Lebron James confirmed Allen would be joining him in Florida shortly after.
?"#HeatNation? please welcome our newest teammate Ray Allen ?#Wow," the eight-time NBA 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.
(Reporting by Ben Everill in Los Angeles. Editing by Patrick Johnston)