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Report: Ray Allen leaning Heat, Clippers if he leaves Celtics

Jun 13, 2012, 12:38 PM EDT

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It could happen, but it just doesn’t feel to me like Ray Allen will return to the Celtics.

Things are changing there. Avery Bradley stole his starting job and he is not giving it up. The Celtics (even if they bring back Kevin Garnett) are going to start to transition to the future. Would Allen come off the bench? Bottom line is a lot of other teams will court Allen with offers of more run and more money and he may listen.

Which teams? Glad you asked. From a report at ESPNNewYork.com.

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.

The Knicks need shooters who can space the floor, so you can see why even an older Allen is attractive. You may have noticed Tuesday night, the Heat could use some consistent outside shooting. The Clippers have more money and both started and gave big minutes to Randy Foye at the two, that is an up and coming team with a hole at the two.

Ray Allen has options. The Celtics may be at the top of his wish list. But he has options.

  1. loungefly74 - Jun 13, 2012 at 12:49 PM

    what a great feeling to know that you’re coveted after losing a step or two (no bash or sarcasm at RA, just a fact of every old player). He would be deadly in the Heat’s offense coming off the bench. he could do, partially, what Glenn Rice did for the Lakers in 2000…which would be great/good enough for the Heat…the same could be said for the Clippers. The Knicks? man…i don’t know. the jury is still out on that team. they have a talented roster but i don’t know if RA would find the proper role in the chaos there…

  2. gmen4life33 - Jun 13, 2012 at 1:11 PM

    Not the Heat Ray Ray, dont do that. Hopefully this is just a way to get Cs or other team to pony up a little more cash. Heat=Evil, why do vets want to go there?

    • phaden27 - Jun 13, 2012 at 1:28 PM

      Not that I want him to go, but I believe a lot of Ray’s family resides in Florida. : /

    • 1972wasalongtimeago - Jun 13, 2012 at 1:38 PM

      No city’s teams sign more big name free agents or raid small market franchises than New York, so I love it when NY fans cry about other cities’ teams’ signing free agents. For such a rough, tough, and proud New Yorker; you really have an inferiority complex. Your city is better than that.

      Quit whining and enjoy the players the Knicks signed for max deals and the vets that chose to sign with you.

      Anyway, um Ray…..can you suit up tomorrow night?

      • cantonbound13 - Jun 13, 2012 at 1:53 PM

        Big talk from a guy who has seen his team only recruit scrubs like Eddie Curry, Juwan Howard, Shane Battier, Ronnie Turiaf & Erick .
        You sound a little nervous about this series. Not as vocal as you normally are. Possibly nervous about being swept?

      • gmen4life33 - Jun 13, 2012 at 1:56 PM

        I have nothing against teams signing FAs. I never said that it wasnt fair for MIA to go after him. I have no idea what you are talking about. All I said was MIA is evil and for Ray Ray not to sign there.

      • 1972wasalongtimeago - Jun 13, 2012 at 3:05 PM

        CB13- My Man!

        The Thunder area sick team. It will take alot of things to go right (or wrong, depending on your perspective) for the Heat to beat them. If the Thunder plays as well as they can play, they’ll win.

        But the ball can bounce in funny ways over a 7 game series. You never know. And I’ve left like 7 posts since last night’s game.

  3. acdc363 - Jun 13, 2012 at 1:18 PM

    Please don’t join the darkside Ray

  4. t16rich - Jun 13, 2012 at 1:21 PM

    All three of those teams could use Ray to show the young guys all about professionalism. Ray Allen is the man.

  5. Louis Tumblin - Jun 13, 2012 at 1:32 PM

    Ray Allen taking Mike Miller place possible. We willsee what happens

    • soflasfinest - Jun 13, 2012 at 4:57 PM

      Adios mr miller. Take your broken body elsewhere! I almost feel bad for him eyhh never mind I don’t. Being hurt 75% for the last two seasons is enough for me

    • biasedhomer - Jun 13, 2012 at 8:31 PM

      Amnesty him, the SIxers would love to have Miller off the bench (improvement over Meeks), especially since Miami would be paying off the 3 years left on the deal.

  6. rodge1 - Jun 13, 2012 at 2:06 PM

    Ray will be in Miami, he actually decided last year.

    • giselleisasucubus - Jun 13, 2012 at 3:48 PM

      Really? You know how wrong you are? Actually, he moved his daughter up to Boston in late 2010 because he figured he was settling and finishing his career in Boston. He still planned on staying there after this year, and then Avery Bradley stole his job. Again, this is all about ego and he sure as hell didn’t make a decision to go to Miami last year. He may end up leaving Boston, but anyone trying to say that this was a foregone conclusion before the Bradley situation is just making crap up.

      • passerby23 - Jun 13, 2012 at 5:13 PM

        This is another thing Helin assumes: Bradley “stole” his job. Bradley started because of injury to Allen and because the chemistry was good by the time Allen was coming back. Allen was playing sporadic minutes at the time working his way back from injury. That doesn’t mean they don’t go back to Allen starting again next year. Helin talks like Celtics management has slammed the door in Allen’s face.

        The Celtics can still offer Allen decent money. No need to break up this group with Bradley and Green coming back and hopefully Bass and Wilcox again.

      • mannyfresh209 - Jun 13, 2012 at 5:16 PM

        Rajon Rondo n Ray don’t get along, at all. Like…not at all, not even a little bit.

  7. oside760 - Jun 13, 2012 at 2:25 PM

    as a clippers fan i wouldn’t want allen on the team. not to take away anything from ray, he’s a great player, but i just see him on the downside of his career and the clippers are a young team. don’t think it would work out IMO

    • giselleisasucubus - Jun 13, 2012 at 3:44 PM

      what are you nuts? The guy is an assassin and will be until he retires.

    • cosanostra71 - Jun 13, 2012 at 4:09 PM

      because a player on the downside of his career (Chauncey Billups) didn’t work out on the young Clippers this season.

      • cosanostra71 - Jun 13, 2012 at 4:10 PM

        and Billups was playing out of position too.

      • aqzi - Jun 13, 2012 at 8:36 PM

        and Ray would fit that hole in the starting lineup (SG) perfectly.

  8. j0esixpack - Jun 13, 2012 at 3:03 PM

    If the Heat choke in the finals after squeaking by the Celts it wouldn’t surprise me to see a player like Allen decide to go there to be the one missing piece they need to win a Championship (finally).

    James, Wade and Bosh are just BARELY good enough to beat an injured geriatric team like the Celtics in Game 7 playing without Bradley and Green and with 2 of their Big Three playing injured.

    That’s embarrassing for the Heat and they know it.

    Allen has family there, wouldn’t have to start, could try to stay healthy and rested for the playoffs and be the guy who puts them over the edge. That’s not a bad way to end one’s career.

  9. mrbiz8505 - Jun 13, 2012 at 3:04 PM

    Too much class to fit in with Miami

  10. foxbos10 - Jun 13, 2012 at 3:07 PM

    That would be a heartbreak. Not only is Ray Allen a clutch player, but he and his wife have become integral parts of the community here in Boston. The Allens support a number of charities here including ROCA, Big Brother/Big Sister, and the Joslin Diabetes Research Foundation. I’m not sure if there’s any truth to these rumors, but if they are true then I am sure Ray, his jump shot, and his philanthropy will be sorely missed.

    • bougin89 - Jun 13, 2012 at 3:33 PM

      Ray Allen was a huge part of the community in Milwaukee too. Can’t count too many other NBA Stars that are as classy as Ray Allen.

  11. giselleisasucubus - Jun 13, 2012 at 3:43 PM

    Kurt, your dead wrong on the money part of the deal. The Celtics have the most room to get something done. It’s a matter of pride and nothing else. Does he want to be the 6th man scoring off the bench that the Celts need(they would be in the Finals if Bradley played the ECF w/Ray off the bench) He could be the 6th man of the year, seriously. The C’s lose their legs in the 2nd half and it has cost them 1 NBA title and 1 ECF, so Ray having legs late in games is HUGE. If I’m Danny, I try like hell to sign KG and Ray to 2 year deals so you have Ray, KG and Paul coming off and most likely retiring the same year. The Celts would be heading into an offseason in 2014 w/Lebron, Wade and Bosh having out clauses in their contracts. Don’t think for a second that the Doc’s 5 year deal is to develop Rondo into the GUY. They did the contract for 5 years so they would have a shot at big time free agents when their available. The Celtics aren’t going away as long as Danny and Doc are in charge.

  12. allmyteamsareterrible - Jun 13, 2012 at 4:15 PM

    Another old player the Heat can sign on a veteran minimum salary. What a joke. This team needs free up the 15 million from either Wade or James and sign a player that actually compliments either of them.

    It is looking more and more like the Heat will never live up to the hype. That’s what happens when you act like the Yankees but have a salary cap. Maybe they can get David Robinson to come back.

    • mannyfresh209 - Jun 13, 2012 at 5:18 PM

      Mike Miller is hinting at retirement according to some sources. That’d be awesome lol

  13. ghelton03 - Jun 13, 2012 at 8:18 PM

    Please Ray, not the Heat. Clips need you, Mavs need you. Do not go to the dark side.

  14. manilamobb - Jun 13, 2012 at 8:30 PM

    Ray Ray aka Jesus Shuttlesworth is taking his talents to Longbeach. I think he’d be a better fit with the clippers but he’s ring chasing right now. cant hate on it….

  15. labratre - Jun 14, 2012 at 6:40 AM

    Heat need to either trade one of the big three, restructure some contracts go get younger talent! Big three time should be over, win or lose, I’d scrap it. Pat need to put pride aside or go through the embarrassment another year!

  16. fanz928 - Jun 14, 2012 at 7:00 AM

    If Allen goes to heat I’m looking for 3 peat championships

  17. zaro11 - Jun 14, 2012 at 11:21 AM

    As a Knick fan I couldn’t see him signing in NY. Don’t get me wrong, I would love to see him here, but realistically the Heat, or Clippers make more sense at this point.

  18. professoressadiesel - Jun 14, 2012 at 2:49 PM

    How can the Heat afford Allen? Are most of the players there on 1 year deals?

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