The final roster spot for the San Antonio Spurs has yet to be decided, but there is no shortage of options. Ray Allen has recently made his way into the discussion, but this will just turn out to be a waste of time for San Antonio.
Besides the Spurs, the Los Angeles Clippers, Miami Heat and Cleveland Cavaliers are courting Allen. Of all the teams, the only thing linking the Spurs to Allen is his heart-breaking three-pointer that changed the direction of the 2013 NBA Finals. The Clippers have head coach Doc Rivers, who won a title with Allen in Boston. Miami has been Allen’s home for the past two years, so he is obviously comfortable there. And the Cavaliers have LeBron James, which is an obvious advantage in enticing the 39-year-old guard.
The idea of Allen playing with the Spurs may sound good on paper, but it’s ridiculous to think that Allen could or would want to play with San Antonio. His former teammates and friends (Mike Miller and James Jones) have joined the Cavs, which has to be more appealing to a man in Allen’s position.
With the depth and chemistry that the Spurs have coming back, Gregg Popovich would be hard pressed to find legitimate time for Allen. He has averaged nearly 25 minutes a game for the past two years in Miami and would see a definite drop in this category with San Antonio. Flashbacks of Tracy McGrady sitting at the end of the Spurs’ bench come to mind when pondering about Allen’s future with the Spurs.
It is not even certain that Allen will even return to the NBA, but suitors are hopeful he will make a decision in September. While Allen weighs his options, the Spurs shouldn’t hold their breath. They have a group of young talent like Josh Davis, Bryce Cotton and JaMychal Green, just waiting to get their shot – literally.