Jessica Camerato of WEEI reports:

Tony Allen hopes to stay with Celtics next season

Tony Allen made it clear where he wants to play basketball next season.

“I am a Celtic,” he told “I love being a Celtic. It’d mean everything in the world [return next season].”

Allen will be an unrestricted free agent after this season. He has garnered attention during the playoffs with his gritty defense against some of the league’s best perimeter scorers, most recently containing Kobe Bryant in the NBA finals.