Ray Allen of the Boston Celtics won a title in Beantown, but it looks like his time there is over. Avery Bradley stole his starting job and Ray-Ray still thinks he can start. Luckily for him, it looks like multiple teams will have interesting, including the Miami Heat and the Los Angeles Clippers.
If the Celtics don’t pan out for Allen, Sports Illustrated’s NBA writer Chris Mannix was told that the Knicks and Heat are at the top of his list. But a source very familiar with Allen’s situation told ESPNNewYork.com that the Heat, as well as potentially the Clippers, will be more attractive to the five-time All-Star in the offseason because they’re top teams that can offer more than the veteran’s minimum of $1.4 million. That will likely be the Knicks’ spending limit for free agents.
Ray Allen can still shoot with the best of them, but I am not sure how he fits into the plans of the Heat. Unless the plan a lineup of Chalmers/Allen/Wade/James/Bosh, I do not see Allen going there to come off of the bench. He already has a ring, he does not need to chase one anymore.
That is why I think the Clippers would be the best bet for Ray Allen. He would get to play with Chris Paul, who could give him the ball wherever he needs it to knock down open shots. They have a glaring hole at the 2 guard spot and Allen could start from Day 1.
It is going to be an interesting offseason. Ray Allen could certainly make a team a title contender if he ends in the right spot.