The bubbly has been flowing for days as the celebration continues in south beach now that LeBron James and the Miami Heat have been crowned as NBA champions. Even though the title is still fresh the team can look to the fast approaching free agency period where one Ray Allen is available now that his contract with the Boston Celtics is set to expire.
Allen and the Heat have a mutual interest with each other, which makes perfect sense when you consider what they would both offer each other. This year’s free agency crop includes Allen, Steve Nash, Deron Williams, Kevin Garnett and a cast of many others.
It is not surprising that Allen would consider the Heat as a landing spot especially with the Celtics rebuilding and transforming into team Rondo. Allen’s mother lives in Florida and he expressed an interest in moving down south a few years ago when he was a free agent.
Allen is an aging player past his prime, but he still provides lights out shooting and instant offense from time to time. With Mike Miller’s injury problems and possible retirement this is something Miami could use.
Miller went off in Game 5 of the NBA Finals, but Allen is capable of doing that on any given night and has the resume to prove it. He is one of the greatest shooters in NBA history if not the best.
Just imagine Allen parked behind the three point line with his feet set instead of crisscrossing the court like he was running football routs like he had to do in Boston. Ray had to work hard for his shot and it took its toll on his body the last few years.
LeBron could take the ball to the hole and then kick it out to Allen instead of Shane Battier. Allen won’t missed if left as open as Battier was in the finals. If Allen gets hot from the outside that would force a team to cover him outside, which would also open the paint for James and Dwyane Wade to take the ball to the basket.
If the ankle issues and bone spurs that he had in Boston do not pose a health issue long term than this could be a smart pickup for the Heat. Allen would have to take less than what he was making in Boston as Miami can only offer him roughly $3million a year as of right now.