2012 Boston Newsmakers

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3. Ray Allen

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July 11: Just a month after hugging his Celtics coach and teammates following an emotional Game 7 loss to the Heat in the Eastern Conference finals, Ray Allen switched jerseys. He also took a salary cut. Allen turned down a two-year, $12 million offer to return to Boston and signed a three-year deal worth just less than $10 million with Boston's chief rival. "You take the process a step at a time, try to figure out what's best for you and your family. And here I sit," he said at his Miami news conference. It will take a while before Boston gets over this one.

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