Any kind of offseason acquisition is risky, and NBA-tested veterans like Ray Allen are no exception. Allen is the headliner of a group of veterans who will ultimately disappoint the teams that have recently added them.
While many times these additions seem like they will make a team unstoppable, most of the time they never live up to expectations. Even if they do end up helping that new team, they still are unable to live up to the tremendous hype that is generated by their arrival.
Allen has been a superstar throughout his NBA career, but the idea that he will make the Miami Heat that much better is wrong. His age, limited abilities and recent injury problems are all causes for concern. He may be able to knock down a few shots for them, but he certainly will not be the game-changer that some expect him to be.
The former Boston Celtic is not the only player in such a situation. There are plenty all around the league; NBA veterans who will be unable to make the team they are headed to that much better. These are cautionary tales in the never-ending story of the NBA offseason.