NBA Free Agency 2012: Championship Allure Will Draw Ray Allen to Miami

Ryan Bothmann@tripleCfanSenior Analyst IIJuly 6, 2012

MIAMI, FL - MAY 30:  Ray Allen #20 of the Boston Celtics looks on late in overtime against the Miami Heat in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Finals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs on May 30, 2012 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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When he finally hangs up his jersey for the last time, Ray Allen will certainly be on his way to the Hall of Fame. Throughout his 16-year career, Allen has become one of the most lethal three point and free throw shooters the game has ever seen. You simply cannot give Allen any space to get a shot off.

At age 36 though, Allen can still shoot three pointers and free throws with the best of them, but he knows that his days in the NBA are limited, which is why Ray Allen will ultimately end up signing with the Miami Heat.

The Heat showed this season that they are the best team on the planet, and they emphasized that point when they crushed the Oklahoma City Thunder in the NBA Finals. With the Big Three in Miami not going anywhere for at least a little while, they looked primed to start a run in which they will win multiple championships.

Allen would certainly love to be a part of that run.

Although he is one of the greatest players the game has ever seen, Allen has only one championship to his name, which he won in 2008 with the Boston Celtics. With the former Big Three in Boston, which included Allen, reaching the final legs of their careers, it is unlikely that they will be able to topple the Heat to gain another spot in the NBA Finals.

The best chance for Allen to win now, would obviously be in Miami. The only hang up is that Allen is a shooting guard, and Miami already has a pretty good shooting guard named Dwyane Wade.


This is not a problem for Miami, but it could be a problem for Allen.

There is definitely still a major role that Allen could fill with the Miami Heat, but it would not be as a starter like it would be if he went to Boston or maybe even Minnesota. Allen would be used as a role player in Miami. He would come off the bench in key situations and would be a great player to have on the court to give Wade rest at times.

Like I said this would be great for Miami, but Allen may still want to be a starter.

When Allen comes to make his final decision though, he will choose the Miami Heat because of their championship allure. Allen has been a starter for 16 years in the NBA and it has been incredibly taxing on his body. In a backup role, it will allow Allen to have less minutes every night, which could ultimately prolong his career for a few more years.

Look for Allen to sign with the Miami Heat this offseason, and try to get a few more championship rings before he calls it a career.