How Ray Allen Helps and Hurts the Miami Heat

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How Ray Allen Helps and Hurts the Miami Heat
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Ray Allen was Miami's prized offseason acquisition.

It was one of the most celebrating signings of the 2012 offseason.

Micky Arison tweeted from London:

"Its 2:30am in London and I was just woken up with great news. Welcome to the family #20!!"

At the time, the Heat owner couldn't know that Ray Allen, once officially in Miami, would choose to wear the No. 34 he wore for Milwaukee and Seattle, and put his Boston No. 20 behind him a bit.

That, after all, didn't matter nearly as much as what everyone seemingly agreed was a coup.

It seemed like such an obvious addition, one at minimal cost—a one-year contract for $3 million with a player option—for a proven veteran who appeared to be a perfect fit. 

This was a surefire Hall of Famer, the NBA's all-time three-point shooter. This was someone whose scary presence behind the arc would further free the lane for LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, someone who took great care of his body and someone who had seemingly accepted the prospect of a reserve role. 

At his first Heat press conference, Allen was asked how much he believed he had left, for a season in which he would be 37 years old. 

"Well, I’ll take you back to when I was 29 and I was trying to sign a five-year deal with Seattle, and a lot of people didn’t think I would last through that five-year deal," Allen said. "You know, that put me at 34 at the time. I’ve always said that I’ve been on borrowed time."

So how has his time with Miami gone so far?

So-so.

(All quotes for this piece were collected over the course of the author's coverage of the Miami Heat for the Palm Beach Post. All statistics are updated as of Sunday night.) 

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