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Where is Ray Allen shooting next year?

Jun 21, 2010, 8:15 AM EDT

Thumbnail image for Allen_pure.jpgRay Allen can still shoot the rock. Remember Game 2 of the NBA finals? A record 8 three pointers? That stroke is still pure.

But the man can no longer really carry a team for long. He is a piece of the puzzle, a sharp-shooting role player on a contender now. That has value for a lot of teams.

But not the $18 million value he made last year. Allen has made over $10 million a year for the last decade, but according to a story in the Boston Herald, that’s not what teams are thinking now — he’s more like a mid-level exception guy. About $5.6 million.

The real question with Allen is years. He is 34 now and he and his game have started to show some slippage. Prudence would dictate not going higher than a two-year deal with him.

But there could be bidding for his services.

Boston officials have said they want him back, and he has said multiple times he would prefer to stay in Boston. But a veteran shooter with championship experience has value. Wherever LeBron James lands — Cleveland, Chicago, Globetrotters — they are going to need an outside shooter to knock down shots when he drives and kicks out. Dwyane Wade is going to bring a power forward like Amare Stoudemire or Chris Bosh or Carlos Boozer to Miami, and they are going to need a tested shooter to stretch the floor. New York could use a guy who can move in transition, run to the arc and nail the shot.

There will be demand, which often drives up offers. The money will likely be in the same ballpark, but if a team throws in a third year (even a player option third year) that may seal the deal.

The Celtics may try to move faster on Allen than other teams — they know they want him. Cleveland, Miami and others need to deal with the big issues first before dealing with Allen. Expect Allen to wait out the market and see what opportunities are out there, to get the bidding going.

Because he knows the stroke is still pure. And teams need that.

  1. Anders - Jun 21, 2010 at 4:25 PM

    Ironicly Ray would be a great fit as a triangle PG and bench-unit scorer for the Lakers… not sure if the Lakers would take a tainted Leprechaun, or if Kobe would accept being in the same locker room as Ray. But he seems like a great fit…

  2. Tom Merritt - Jun 21, 2010 at 6:08 PM

    Still can’t believe people say this guy is a great shooter??? He’s a streak shooter and had very poor shooting games during the playoffs. He has trouble getting open in the playoffs when the defenses tighten. Ray is way overrated and is not a scorer by any means. I will give him credit for playing excellent defense on Koby however. He’s way past his prime and I would not be disappointed at all if he didn’t not resign with Boston. He is no longer that great and will slip even further next year.

  3. Tomfool - Jun 21, 2010 at 6:36 PM

    Tom your comment about Ray’s defense on Kobe shows your complete ignorance of basketball. Playing defense affects offense.
    And nobody said he is a “great shooter”, those are your words. Nice strawman argument.
    Also, stats show he’s a good shooter. Most 3 pointers made in the playoffs. And a higher % than Kobe. What next, Kobe isn’t a great scorer?

  4. James Katt - Jun 21, 2010 at 6:41 PM

    He would be a great shooter on the Lakers.
    The defenses would double-team Kobe or Pau or Bynum. This would leave Ray Allen completely free to shoot threes.
    Just look at the Lakers’ shooters. They just stand around at the 3 point line waiting for a pass.
    Ray Allen would last longer on the Lakers because he just has to park at the 3 point line. He doesn’t have to run around screens, which tires him out, as on the Celtics. He can just stand all day in his position.
    If a defender stays with Ray, then Kobe goes wild since they won’t be able to double team him.
    Thus a dead-eye shooter like Ray Allen would be invaluable on the Lakers Triangle Offense. Dead-eye shooters make the Triangle DEADLY like in Chicago. It is because the Lakers’ sharpshooters are inconsistent, Kobe has had severe difficulty with double-teams and the lane can be clogged with defenders. Given a dead-eye shooter, the Lakers RULE.

  5. s/k - Jun 21, 2010 at 7:42 PM

    the phillies are phenominal;ray allen is not !!

  6. Shane - Jun 25, 2010 at 11:48 PM

    Ray Allen is not a go to guy anymore and he doesn’t get open in playoff basketball anymore. But to question whether he’s a great shooter is absolutely absurd. Not only is he still an above average shooter. He may be have one of the purest strokes in NBA history!
    He’s getting older but makes a great 3rd or 4th option on any team.

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