NBA Rumors: Ray Allen Should Sign with Clippers over Miami Heat
With the C's electing to start Avery Bradley, Allen has already experienced a diminished role with the team.
If he decides to sign elsewhere, Miami and Los Angeles have to be the two most tantalizing prospects for the 36-year-old guard.
Taking his talents to South Beach would give Allen the opportunity to win now and win often, but a logjam at guard and forward could have him reconsidering.
At this point in his career, Allen's game is similar to that of Battier and Miller. Sure he would be an instant upgrade over either, but would coach Erik Spoelstra find a way to maximize the veteran's game?
Who should Ray Allen sign with this offseason?
The Clippers, on the other hand, give Allen the best opportunity to be a heavy contributor on a contender.
They can offer the UConn product the full mid-level exception at about $5 million per year, a couple million more than Miami can offer with their mini mid-level exception.
Lob City's biggest hole is at shooting guard, and Allen could easily slide into the Clippers' starting five.
For all of last season, the Clippers experimented with different starting guards to play alongside Chris Paul.
Starting Allen would have an immediate impact on the game for the Clippers.
He is a pure shooter that would consistently find open shots with defenses hounding Paul and Blake Griffin. Allen is also a solid individual and team defender and gives the Clippers some much needed height at the two spot.
Like most free agents, Allen should have money and team role on his mind in deciding where to play next season.
Heading to Hollywood gives him the best combination of both. The Clippers are looking to solidify a championship-contending roster, and signing Allen could be the final piece to the puzzle.
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