The Miami Heat are targeting Ray Allen, but he’s not likely to leave Boston. The Heat could possibly turn to a potential Celtic — Mike Miller — should Allen decline their advances. (Yahoo!)
Miami could become the leader for Miller, especially if Heat president Pat Riley needs a third piece to go along with Dwyane Wade and a free agent forward (Chris Bosh, Amar’e Stoudemire or Carlos Boozer).
Riley has long targeted Boston Celtics free-agent guard Ray Allen for the remaining money beyond the Heat’s two max slots, but he’ll most likely return to the Celtics. Riley loves that Miller can rebound his position, as well as spread the floor and shoot.
Miller could command a five-year deal worth $30 million-$35 million. Miller has also had substantial talks with New York, Chicago and Cleveland.
I like hearing that Ray is likely to return to Boston, but I already figured that. If he doesn’t come back, the Celtics will not gain any cap space… so, with that money, it’s either Ray or nothing. Call me crazy, but I’d rather have Ray.
By re-signing Paul Pierce, the Celtics gave up any hopes of building for the future and saving cap space. Ray is now a necessity.