AP Source: Heat make pitch to Ray Allen

Allen will stay overnight

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MIAMI - A person familiar with the situation says free agent guard Ray Allen visited the NBA champion Miami Heat at their home arena Thursday.

Allen is at the top of Miami's free agent list. Allen plans to stay in Miami until Friday, the person told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because no details of the meeting were publicly revealed.

The Heat can only offer Allen the mini mid-level exception worth about $3 million for this season. Allen has spent the last five seasons with the Boston Celtics, who have offered the NBA's 3-point field goal leader a $12 million, two-year deal.

Miami has ousted Boston from the NBA playoffs in each of the last two seasons. Allen averaged 14.2 points for Boston this past season.

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