Yahoo! Sports NBA writer Adrian Wojnarowski reported earlier in the week that Boston Celtics shooting guard Ray Allen was nearly traded to the Memphis Grizzlies minutes before the trade deadline passed.
With Allen's contract expiring at the end of the season, the NBA's all-time leader in three-point shots made will be looking for a new home next season as he's not quite ready to call it a career just yet.
The Boston Globe's Gary Washburn reports that the Boston Celtics had struck a deal before the trade deadline to send Ray Allen to the Memphis Grizzlies for O.J. Mayo and a draft pick. Doc Rivers reportedly acknowledged that the deal was made and fell through just before the deadline.
Gary Washburn also reports that Allen, while not an emotional player, still feels slighted by the treatment he's been receiving from an organization he's been loyal to for the past five seasons.
Washburn also notes that due to the lack of communication between the team and Allen, along with the fact that he’s lost his starting job to Avery Bradley, the chances of a return to Boston have diminished.
If all of that remains true and Allen indeed will be on the market next season, here’s a look at a few teams that could benefit from signing the future Hall of Famer.
His career would come full circle by signing with Minnesota, as the Timberwolves were the team that drafted him No. 5 overall in 1996, before trading him to Milwaukee for the draft rights of Stephon Marbury.
The Wolves have an MVP candidate in Kevin Love and a future All-Star point guard in Ricky Rubio. To become a serious playoff contender, the Wolves need shooting.
Allen can still shoot it, and while he would probably rather play for a contender, signing with a team that needs him gives him a great opportunity for success.
Los Angeles Clippers
Speaking of contenders that could use him, the Clippers could be in play for Allen following their best season in quite some time.
Both Randy Foye and Nick Young are unrestricted free agents, so there will be a spot for Allen to step into if he chooses Los Angeles.
Paired with Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, Allen’s shooting could go a long way in continuing the rise of the Clippers.
The Mavs will have money to spend and can add Allen and a superstar such as Deron Williams to pair with Dirk Nowitzki—on paper, they would look like NBA championship contenders.
Dallas has received inconsistent production from shooting guards Vince Carter and Delonte West, and while Jason Terry has been great off the bench, Dallas ranks 20th in the NBA in three-point shooting.
Adding Allen and another major piece could have the Mavs back in title contention.
New York Knicks
This is a stretch, but the Knicks can offer Allen a chance at a title with a team that can boast Carmelo Anthony, Amar’e Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler.
They wouldn’t be able to offer Allen much money, but he could move into the starting lineup, and Landry Fields or Iman Shumpert could fill the role that J.R. Smith currently holds.
The Knicks wouldn’t just be good for Allen, as he would be a great locker room guy for New York. The 16-year veteran is a leader and knows what it takes to win.
Speaking of a chance at a ring, there’s always the chance that Allen could follow everyone else and sign with the Heat.
Miami’s similar to New York in that it couldn’t offer up much money, but with the Heat, Allen would have to settle for a bench role with Dwyane Wade as the starting 2-guard.
That probably wouldn’t entice Allen, but Pat Riley can be quite the salesman.
After nearly being dealt to Memphis, Allen could take a step back and realize just how close the Grizzlies are to becoming a real threat in the Western Conference.
A shooter like Allen could make all the difference in the world, as the Grizzlies are currently only 23rd in the NBA in three-point shooting at 33 percent.
Memphis is young and talented, and with Allen, it could possibly take the next step.