Spacing, spacing, spacing — that is the name of the game in today’s NBA. Space em’ out, penetrate and kick. Easy enough, right? The Cleveland Cavaliers, with the addition of Lebron James returning home, are putting the finishing touches on what should otherwise be a championship contending team. That being said, the Cavs need shooting and players who can space the floor. Enter Ray Allen.
The Cavaliers shot a paltry .437 field goal percentage last year and an average .356 from downtown. Neither one of those numbers is good and with the departure of their best 3-point shooter C.J. Miles to free agency, the Cavaliers are going to have a hard time knocking down shots. Signing Mike Miller will help in that department, but they will still need to add more than one player who can consistently knock down the trey ball.
Ray Allen is 39 years old and would be entering his 17th year in the League, should he decide to forego retirement and play another year. Although he is not the player he used to be, the dude can still bring the rain and I don’t see that changing anytime soon. Just ask the San Antonio Spurs two years ago in the Finals. At the age of 70, he will probably be a better shooter than 3/4 of the players in the league by then. As such, Cleveland needs to do everything within their power to get Ray Ray in a Cavs uniform. Because what is better than one three-point specialist? Two three-point specialists!
With the construction of the Miami Heat 2.0 of Miller and Allen lurking around the arc, teams will have to respect the perimeter. This will open up driving lanes for Kyrie Irving and Lebron to wreak havoc near the rim by slashing and attacking the paint.
If the Cavs were smart, they would get this deal done, because it makes sense for the team and it keeps Lebron happy. That last part may be the most important part of all.