Los Angeles Lakers Are Interested in Signing Ray Allen

By Kevin Van Pelt

Ray Allen is an unrestricted free agent this offseason and will have plenty of offers to consider. According to Ian Thomsen of Sports Illustrated, the Los Angeles Lakers will be one of those teams interested in signing Allen this offseason.

Allen, who turns 37 next month, had his lowest points per game total since his rookie season, but had a career high in three point shooting percentage at 45 percent. He suffered multiple injuries this past season and came off the bench during the second half of the season behind starter Avery Bradley.

The Lakers lacked shooters last season and Allen would be the perfect fit for the team. Outside of Kobe Bryant, there wasn’t anyone that could be a reliable shooter for Los Angeles. They were ranked 26th in three point shooting at 36 percent and need to sign a good shooter this offseason. Allen might be up there in age, but he can help the Lakers get one more title in the Bryant era.

Allen is having ankle surgery today and his future will not be determined in the near future. Although he has indicated that he would like to return to Boston; however, if he has a chance to start instead of coming off the bench with the Celtics then he might want to leave. The Lakers have room to put him in the starting lineup with Bryant moving over to small forward. This would leave the Lakers with a small backcourt of Ramon Sessions, Allen and Bryant along with the frontcourt of Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol.

Bryant already indicated this season that he is too small to play small forward so it will be interesting to see if Bryant would be in favor of signing someone like Allen if it meant he had to move over a position for parts of the game. It might be even harder for Bryant to move over for Allen since they have not always gotten along back in their primes.

It would be interesting to see how Allen would fit in L.A. with Bryant. He would definitely add the much needed shooter the Lakers need, but the chemistry and the rotations might not fit right.

There will be many suitors for Allen this offseason and he will sign with a contending team. The Lakers are probably further off his radar then some other teams, but if the Lakers want to make one more run at the title with Bryant they need to get a shooter. And who else is better to get then the all-time best three point shooter in the NBA?


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