NBA Free Agency Rumors: Miami Heat Only Logical Team for Ray Allen
The Boston Celtics, according The Boston Herald, are still making a "heavy push" for Allen. However, after signing Jason Terry to back up Avery Bradley and spot Rajon Rondo at point guard, the thought of bringing Allen back doesn't make much sense.
Danny Ainge can't possibly think that playing Terry and Allen together would be a good idea, can he? Both are slow on defense and are essentially the same player on offense—spot-up shooters.
Another team that is reportedly interested in Allen's services is the Minnesota Timberwolves, according to ESPN's Ric Bucher. As Bucher stated, the T'Wolves are the "dark-horse" team—"jet-black dark."
Minnesota signed Brandon Roy to a two-year, $10.4 million deal. The team also agreed to an offer sheet with Nicholas Batum worth $46 million, although the Portland Trail Blazers could still match the offer and retain Batum.
Therefore, the T'Wolves are likely out of cash and would not be able to afford Allen. Furthermore, Minnesota is the team furthest from a championship of any that is pursuing the former NBA champion.
The Los Angeles Clippers signed their resignation from the Allen sweepstakes when they brought back Chauncey Billups and signed sixth-man extraordinaire Jamal Crawford all in one day.
That leaves just one team, the Miami Heat. Miami is the perfect spot for Allen to continue his career as a sixth-man. Coming off a championship season, the Heat are looking to add even more offensive weapons.
The Heat give Allen the best chance for another ring—something he dearly wants to solidify his Hall of Fame career. Miami also offers the situation with the least amount of pressure on Allen. On a team with LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, Allen will find himself as the fourth or fifth option. This will result in even more open jump shots for the NBA's all-time leading three-point shooter.
Going to Miami could also help extend Allen's career. With James and Wade locking down the opposing team's best perimeter player, Allen will be guarding the spot-up shooter or weakest offensive player, resulting in less wear-and-tear on his aging body.
If Allen were to join Miami, he would immediately step into the role of sixth-man. He would likely be on the court in crunch time as he is one of the deadliest three-point shooters in NBA history.
While the Heat can only offer Allen a mini mid-level exception—about $3 million—the lure of championship possibilities and significant playing time should be enough to woo the 16-year veteran.
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