The NBA free-agency period has been an interesting one to this point.
Though there have been bigger signings and better players on the move, there aren't too many that are as crucial as the landing spot of Ray Allen.
The all-time three-point champion is coming off his 16th season in the league, and is currently in the process of deciding which team to sign with.
From the start, there were three front-runners in the Allen sweepstakes: the Los Angeles Clippers, the defending champion Miami Heat and the team he's spent the last five seasons with, the Boston Celtics.
After the Clippers cancelled their scheduled meeting with Allen this afternoon, the contest was narrowed to two.
Since LA is no longer in the mix, now more than ever, it is evident that the Celtics must re-sign the sharpshooting Allen to keep there team up to par with other title contenders in the East.
Let's take a look at the main reasons this is so...
*Stats are from ESPN.com.