The Phoenix Suns have surfaced as serious contenders to sign Boston Celtics free agent Ray Allen, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.
Allen, 37, is willing to explore offers beyond Boston. The Suns – regardless of whether they re-sign free-agent point guard Steve Nash – interest Allen, sources said.
The Suns have significant salary-cap space, and could pay Allen more than the Miami Heat or New York Knicks.
Losing Ray Allen to the Phoenix Suns would be weird for several reasons. Among them:
1. The Suns aren’t a contender, or even close to it.
2. When a franchise’s most attractive quality to perspective free agents is its training staff, said franchise doesn’t have very many other pulls.
3. It’s difficult to imagine a franchise that spent the past decade squandering the Steve Nash era by selling first-round draft pick after first-round draft pick, suddenly shelling out big money to lure a 37-year old free agent coming off ankle surgery.
So the potential of losing Allen to Phoenix isn’t what sticks out to me most about Wojnarowski’s report. Rather, it’s this:
“Some have suggested that Allen is likely destined for the Heat, but sources indicate that while the Heat remain a possibility, they’re not currently the leaders for him.”