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Report: Ray Allen interested in joining Miami Heat

Jun 25, 2012, 12:27 PM EDT

NBA basketball shooting guard Ray Allen, of the Boston Celtics, arrives at the 2011 ESPY Awards in Los Angeles Reuters

Did you see what happens when the Miami Heat get someone to knock down open shots from the arc? Did you see Game 6 of the NBA finals?

Now parlay that with this news from Brian Windhorst at ESPN.

According to multiple league sources, there is mutual interest between Allen and the Heat. The most the Heat can offer is a contract starting at $3 million per year, which is known as the “taxpayer’s mid-level.” Allen could get more elsewhere, but the Heat do offer an attractive portfolio that goes deeper than cash.

They offer a good shot at a ring. While the Miami market is not that big (14th biggest in NBA) the massive amount of national exposure the team gets can mean endorsement deals. Also, warm weather and no state tax.

The Heat have some luxury tax issues to figure out going forward — they are over the tax line and will be for a couple years. Once the new “repeater tax” kicks in starting in 2014 it is going to get prohibitive to keep adding players around them (the Heat’s tax could easily swell to north of $20 million, which is on top of the payroll). They will keep the big three together, they can amnesty Mike Miller (or hope he retires), but the fact is that even adding Ray Allen for $3 million could cost much more in tax.

But for now, it’s hard to see Pat Riley not making this move. If Allen is serious. He will have offers from the Clippers, Knicks, likely Bulls and Celtics, among others. He has options. But if he’s chasing a ring… is it much of a choice?

  1. ajpurp - Jun 26, 2012 at 1:00 AM

    Cannot stand the Celtics as a team but man I have always loved this man, class act and deserved that shooting title even if he got in on the C’s. Him and Doc are pure class and in it for love of basketball, which is what it all should be about. Not Carmelo or Dwight, that’s true sell out and unbelievably selfish at best. Any fan of the game itself doesn’t mind this because he’s doing it for what it’s all about, basketball and winning. Loyalty in the NBA doesn’t exist, it’s a business and the owner will sell them out or put nothing around them in a heartbeat(LeBron), as the C’s likely will blow up the team in at most a year. Why would he stay? Name a legitimate reason outside money when these aging dudes are going to get sent all over the country first sign of failure. Seeing great basketball is what it’s all about and him on Miami playing against the Thunder for a couple years will be basketball heaven. Disclaimer: I am a Knick fan and hate both of the teams involved, C’s and Heat. Just appreciate basketball, lakers celtics, magic bird, Jordan dispatching every allstar of his time, Ewing Miller, Kobe Duncan(although this is a lil stretch as it never evolved), we have the chance to see the next with LeBron and Durant where Kobe LeBron never materialized, it’s history, LeBron is too. Get used to it and love it as a fan because Ray Ray on heat will make it that much more entertaining. If your a basketball fan, you can’t hate seeing possible history unfolding before your eyes. Go Knicks, maybe, in a decade, hopefully Dolan Crokes or sells sooner.

  2. missouricharger - Jun 26, 2012 at 1:16 AM

    Go to Chicago, please. That red and black looks much better than Miami’s.

  3. jebdamone - Jun 26, 2012 at 3:18 AM


  4. florida727 - Jun 26, 2012 at 7:29 AM

    Ray Allen, according to has earned more than $178 million in salary over his career. The amount of the contract means nothing to him. He turns 37 though in just a few days. Regardless of his physical condition, how much more can his body withstand? Then again, if he’s nothing more than a kick-it-out-to-spot-up-shooter, maybe he doesn’t need to do much more. Except of course, he does need to play at least some defense. Can’t see him as a “hot commodity” though. Not with the quantity and quality of younger players available.

    • mikeewright7 - Jun 29, 2012 at 5:23 PM

      Im a huge Boston Celtics fan but i only became a fan because of Ray Allen…so im TeamRayAllen, whhy would Ray Allen stay on a team who tries to trade him each year? drop the celtics, Danny tried to trade him for Rip Hamilton and OJ Mayo and Ben Gordon after their title run thats not loyality at all

  5. ceschatz - Jun 26, 2012 at 7:18 PM

    You have to be completely delusional if you actually think Lebron wont get another ring. Just because it will be years upon years before the Celtics even get close to another championship doesnt mean the Heat cant repeat. Actually it means it will that much more easy. Thanks to the celtics for being washed up

  6. canehouse - Jun 28, 2012 at 3:52 PM


  7. pnext - Jun 29, 2012 at 1:49 PM

    Look up “list of United States largest urban areas” and then come back and tell me Miami is a small market. It’s the freakin’ fourth largest urban area in the country!

    • Kurt Helin - Jun 29, 2012 at 6:50 PM

      Miami is considered the 14th largest television market in the NBA. Middle of the pack.

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