NBA Trade Rumors: Teams That Should Pursue Ray Allen at Trade Deadline

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistFebruary 29, 2012

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For all of the talk surrounding the Boston Celtics possibly trading Rajon Rondo before the trade deadline, the more logical approach, in my book, would be to trade some of the team's veteran players and begin to retool.

And that might just be what happen in the case of Ray Allen. From Sean Deveney of the Sporting News:

While there has been plenty of focus on Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo, sources indicate Allen has generated the most interest from contenders. He is a knock-down perimeter shooter and a veteran who can blend well with any team. Even at age 36, Allen is in great shape and, as a free agent after the season, an easy fit into a team’s books.

The Celtics don’t want to trade Allen, but if they continue to slide and are offered a young piece or a draft pick, making a deal would be hard to resist.

But what teams would have interest in possibly making a move for Allen?


Minnesota Timberwolves

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The Wolves could potentially do four things in a trade for Ray Allen: Bring in a much-need shooter, snag a veteran presence to lead the team as they push for a playoff berth, unload Michael Beasley and free up a lot of cap space when Allen's contract comes off the books after this year.

And if Allen enjoys his time with Ricky Rubio and Kevin Love, he may re-sign with the team this offseason anyhow.

Though this seems unlikely, I think it makes a lot of sense.


Philadelphia 76ers

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I'm not sure that the Celtics would trade with the Sixers. And I'm not sure if either squad would be willing to do the only trade that makes sense to me, which would be the Sixers sending Evan Turner and Andres Nocioni to the Celtics for Allen.

But I'm no general manager, and I'm sure the sides could potentially work out a deal if the interest to do so was there.

The Sixers in the very least should inquire—Ray Allen would fit in wonderfully at the shooting guard position in Philadelphia.


Chicago Bulls

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I don't know about you, but the Bulls were the first team that popped into my head when I heard this rumor. He's a natural fit on this squad, could render defensive liability Kyle Korver unnecessary and is battle-tested in the playoffs.

His familiarity with Tom Thibodeau's defensive system certainly doesn't hurt.

I don't know if the Bulls could pull the necessary strings to land Allen, but I promise you they'll be inquiring very seriously as to his availability.

As they should.


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