It's most likely now at this point that the Boston Celtics will be moving on without Ray Allen, now that they discovered a new, young duo in the backcourt with Rajon Rondo and Avery Bradley.

Allen is still looking to play a few more years in the NBA and if he does, he'll likely have to head elsewhere to contend for another title.

According to ESPN New York, it looks like the sharpshooter will be leaning towards teams like the Miami Heat and Los Angeles Clippers this off-season:

If the Celtics don’t pan out for Allen, Sports Illustrated’s NBA writer Chris Mannix was told that the Knicks and Heat are at the top of his list. But a source very familiar with Allen’s situation told ESPNNewYork.com that the Heat, as well as potentially the Clippers, will be more attractive to the five-time All-Star in the offseason because they’re top teams that can offer more than the veteran’s minimum of $1.4 million. That will likely be the Knicks’ spending limit for free agents.

In my opinion, I think Allen will probably sign with the Miami Heat. The Heat are in dire need of a shooter. They signed Mike Miller two years ago to do that for them, but so far, all he has been doing is bricking wide-open three's. Now the Heat have to rely on inconsistencies from Shane Battier and Mario Chalmers in the Finals.

Having a guy like Allen against the Oklahoma City Thunder could have definitely helped them. Plus, with the Heat having potential to land Steve Nash as well, it could entice Allen to come as well to become a Big 5 and contend for a championship.

However, first we'll see how the Finals pan out. But whatever the result, I think Allen will likely sign with the Heat.

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