Boston Celtics: Who Could Replace Ray Allen?

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Boston Celtics: Who Could Replace Ray Allen?
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When the Celtics' 2011-2012 season ended, few aspects of the team's future seemed certain.

Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen both became free agents as soon as the buzzer sounded to end Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals, and pre- and midseason trade speculation had put the futures of Rajon Rondo and Paul Pierce into question.

In the weeks since their playoff exit, there have been some developments.

After some reports indicated he was considering retiring, news broke that Kevin Garnett will re-sign with the Celtics when the NBA's free agency period begins.

The eventual landing spot for Ray Allen is not so certain. ESPN's Chris Broussard noted that in addition to the Boston Celtics, the Memphis Grizzlies and Miami Heat are both reportedly interested in the sharpshooter.

Assuming Allen signs elsewhere, even with the nucleus of Pierce, Garnett and Rondo, the Celtics would be left with a gaping hole at shooting guard on their roster.

Allen's deep shooting threat allowed him to score in bunches and forced defenses to defend the perimeter and opened up the floor for the Celtics' post game.

There are some current free-agent targets who could fill in the SG position for the C's—here are a few.

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