It is a testament to just how much talent was available around the NBA during the 2014 offseason that most of the big names have made their decisions and impact guys like Ray Allen could still be switching jerseys before the 2014-15 campaign kicks off.
The title race, at least in the Eastern Conference, is wide open this year, and there are still some potential landscape-shifting moves to be made.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the latest rumors.
Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports filled fans in on the latest regarding Allen:
Heat free agent Ray Allen isn't pressed to choose a team because he isn't certain if he still wants to play or retire, source told Yahoo.— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) July 14, 2014
Mike Miller already joined the Cleveland Cavaliers, and the question now is whether Allen will follow in his footsteps to give James two of his former Miami teammates as three-point shooters flanking his side. There isn’t a better player for a three-point shooter to run alongside in today's league than James, and Allen certainly knows that from experience.
Still, Allen is well past his prime and failed to make a game-changing impact during the NBA Finals loss to the San Antonio Spurs.
He already has two rings and is a sure-fire Hall of Famer. There really isn’t anything left for Allen to prove.
Prediction: A chance at another ring next to James is enticing, but he will eventually ride off into the sunset and retire as one of the best shooting guards of all time.
Jeff Goodman of ESPN noted that Evan Turner will likely be playing for a new team next season:
Evan Turner has received interest from Boston and Minnesota, a source told ESPN.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) July 14, 2014
Turner proved he was capable of being a talented piece in Philadelphia and actually scored 17.4 points a night in 54 games last year for the 76ers. However, that scoring fell by the wayside in Indiana as possible chemistry issues and on-court struggles wrecked what was an incredible regular season for the Eastern Conference’s No. 1 seed.
Turner lost a lot of playing time in the postseason and discussed how that would impact his stock around the league, via Candace Buckner of IndyStar.com:
I really don't know because I'm not a GM. But at the same time, I think the NBA is kind of a hot streak, obviously. They remember what you did last year, last game and everything like that.
Clearly, you're judged on, like, your last game, the last couple of months then it probably wasn't ideal for me in regards to (the) contract but at the same time, I think it's known that I can play basketball and everything will work itself out.
As for the two teams Goodman mentions, the Celtics need shooting. Turner is a solid ball-handler and can attack the rim, but he has never been mistaken for Stephen Curry from behind the three-point line. It is hard to see that combination working long term.
Minnesota doesn’t have much cap space at all, so luring someone who hasn’t lived up to his potential for cheap like Turner may be the right way to go this offseason. If nothing else, he would provide an improvement for the Timberwolves' mediocre bench.
Prediction: Minnesota lands Turner
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