Four days ago Ray Allen was a shooting guard valiantly defending Dwyane Wade despite an ankle throbbing due to bone spurs. Now, Allen is a free agency target wanted by most of the league.
Three teams that have already been mentioned in pursuit of the NBA’s most prolific three-point maker include the Los Angeles Clippers, New York Knicks and Miami Heat. (ESPN New York)
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.
Every team can use a classy individual who always keeps himself prepared and can shoot the leather off a basketball.
A lot of reports say Allen’s as good as gone. And maybe he is. But if Danny Ainge can’t make any franchise-altering trades or lure any high-profile free agents (remember: there aren’t many), the Celtics will have more money to re-sign Allen than anyone else. I know it’s not all about money. Allen was upset at being demoted to the second five and he was upset about being traded and later un-traded at the deadline. But he also loves Doc Rivers and has a level of respect for the entire organization. He may not like coming off the bench, but there aren’t many contenders for whom he can still start. And he’d be the perfect sixth man in Boston, the yin to Avery Bradley’s yang.
Many other teams will want Allen. There’s a real chance he goes. But I won’t consider him gone until I see him walk out the door. There are still a lot of pulls remaining in Boston.