NBA Talk: 3 Teams That Need Ray Allen from Boston Celtics

Adam Spencer@AdamSpencer4Correspondent IJanuary 21, 2012

MIAMI, FL - MAY 03:  Ray Allen #20 of the Boston Celtics looks on during Game Two of the Eastern Conference Semifinals of the 2011 NBA Playoffs against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena on May 3, 2011 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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Everyone has heard the news by now: Boston Celtics general manager Danny Ainge said he'd be willing to trade Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen if the right offer comes along.

So, there will be plenty of speculation in the coming weeks about where the Big Three should be traded, if at all.

Allen, the greatest three-point shooter in NBA history, is an intriguing trade piece who could put some teams over the top in the playoff hunt.

Let's take a look at three teams that should be calling Ainge as soon as possible to try to get the sharpshooter on their side.

Phoenix Suns

Jared Dudley is a good sixth man, but he shouldn't be a starting shooting guard. Unfortunately, the Suns have been forced to play him in the starting lineup this season.

Steve Nash needs some offensive help or the Suns are going to fade even more down the stretch.

Getting Allen would allow Nash to drive the lane and have someone to kick the ball out to on the perimeter.

It would be fun to watch and might just make the Suns competitive enough to steal a No. 7 or No. 8 seed in the Western Conference playoffs.

Chicago Bulls

The Bulls and Ray Allen have been mentioned in the same sentence before. Still, the trade makes sense now more than ever.

The Richard Hamilton experiment hasn't worked out for the Bulls so far and it might be time to cut ties with the aging guard.

There's no way the Bulls are going to win the NBA Finals with Ronnie Brewer and Kyle Korver sharing the shooting guard spot.

Getting Allen from Boston for a guy like Jimmy Butler would make this team much more competitive right now.

Indiana Pacers

The Pacers are one of the surprising teams of the 2012 NBA season so far. They are 9-4 and currently in the No. 6 spot in the Eastern Conference playoff picture.

But, this team has some spots that could use improvement. For instance, they are only 20th in the NBA in points per game.

Getting Ray Allen and having Paul George come off the bench would be a huge boost for this team.

Allen can make the Pacers dangerous from the three-point line and should help them improve their scoring.

And bringing George off the bench will give the Indiana second unit a big lift.


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