As Ray Allen continues to mull his near-future fate, two outcomes seem most likely: Either he hangs up the Chucks for good, or he signs for one last go-round with a contender—specifically, LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
If only the NBA were that predictable.
Even at 39 years old, Allen’s particular skill set (in short: shooting the lights out of the gym) is one that can likely bear at least one or two more years of high-level ball.
Gary Washburn of The Boston Globe has reported Allen is “leaning toward” joining James in Cleveland.
What's more, some of his former teammates are hot on his trail. In a recent interview with ESPN's The Herd (via ESPN.com), Miller all but admitted he and others were attempting to recruit the NBA's all-time leading three-point shooter:
Miller, who agreed to join his good friend James and sign with the Cavs earlier this week, responded "of course," when asked on "The Herd" if he was pitching the Cavs to Allen.
We got James Jones, now we're moving Miami to northeast Ohio...With LeBron James, you are going to win 55 to 60 games regardless. Now it's about what you do in the playoffs. For us, even with the young talent that they have there, you've gotta bring guys that have been there before, even if they are not giving you heavy minutes.
Still, it’s possible another suitor—one with money to spare and roles to fill—could emerge as a last-minute option for the 10-time All-Star.
To that end, we’ve cobbled together 10 teams with the best chance of wooing Allen away from James’ considerable orbit.
The criteria: Each team must at least be a playoff shoe-in (or close to it), must have a clear and present need for perimeter depth and—most crucial of all—be able to convince Allen to accept the veteran’s minimum, in the event they’re fresh out of salary-cap exceptions.
But enough blather. Jesus Shuttlesworth needs a home!