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Report: Heat to make very hard push to get Ray Allen

Jun 30, 2012, 12:01 PM EST

Ray Allen, Rajon Rondo, Iman Shumpert, Tyson Chandler AP

Ray Allen is going to be a popular guy Sunday.

With Kevin Garnett back in the fold in Boston you know they are going to make a big run at him, but as rumored the Miami Heat will as well. From Brian Windhorst at ESPN.com.

The Heat, according to sources, have made Allen their prime offseason target and will pursue him strongly when free agency opens Sunday at 12:01 a.m. ET.

They intend to offer him their $3 million mini-mid-level exception, a chance to win another title and significant playing time as they continue with the plan to play LeBron James as a power forward in the future. Heat players, including James and Dwyane Wade, have been publicly and privately recruiting Allen over the last month.

Boston can offer more money (they have his Bird rights), a level of comfort with the players and organization, and the chance to chase another ring with Garnett, Paul Pierce and Rajon Rondo.

If it is just about the ring or playing time, Miami is going to win out. In Boston Avery Bradley will be the starting two guard and Allen would be the sixth man with decreasing minutes. (And Boston fans, Miami is much closer to a title. Yes, you took them seven games in the conference finals but five of those were without Chris Bosh and while Dwyane Wade was dragging around a left knee that needed surgery. The Heat will be better next year.)

The Suns also are reportedly interested in making a run at Ray Allen, and other teams will be in the mix as well. But it almost certainly comes down to Miami vs. Boston.

It really comes down to what matters most to Ray Allen. I would say the longer Allen takes to make a decision, the more likely he returns to Boston.

  1. jtchernak - Jun 30, 2012 at 12:05 PM

    Really Kurt saying the heat will be better next year is obvious is there healthy but your typical dickriding showed when you failed to point out how many injuries the celtics had

    • blueintown - Jun 30, 2012 at 12:09 PM

      You mad?

      • drunkenjunk - Jun 30, 2012 at 12:32 PM

        you a frontrunner?

      • blueintown - Jun 30, 2012 at 12:33 PM

        What?

      • blueintown - Jun 30, 2012 at 12:46 PM

        I’m a Bulls fan, homie. I guess that makes me a good-but-not-great-runner.

    • mannyfresh209 - Jun 30, 2012 at 12:17 PM

      Bosh was injured. Avery Bradley was injured. Who would everybody on earth take between the two? Oh my bad, we forgot Jeff Green…. Laugh

      • jtchernak - Jun 30, 2012 at 12:21 PM

        Really dude we had Wilcox out Jeff green out Paul pierce playing on bum leg ray Allen playing with bone chips no jermaine o Neal stiemsma was hurt so don’t say we didnt get affected by injuries

      • blueintown - Jun 30, 2012 at 12:32 PM

        No Jermaine O’ Neal? Is that negated by the fact the Heat didn’t have Alonzo Mourning?

      • hojo20 - Jun 30, 2012 at 4:55 PM

        No Jermaine O’Neal or Wilcox?…..well as another poster said Heat didn’t have Mourning….or Seikaly either.

    • barkley4life - Jun 30, 2012 at 12:35 PM

      Spoken like a “fan”. If you think any of the players you mentioned could’ve helped the Celtics deal with Lebron you are sadly mistaken. Celtics had no answer defensively for Lebron working off the block and that was with no Bosh. If Bosh was there game 1 you don’t make it to 5 games. Chris Wilcox? Oneal? Really? How do they change they game?

      Wade played poorly most of that series. The Celtics have had no answer for Lebron since Tony Allen left. Avery Bradley would have made a difference if Wade was playing well. He wasn’t. They only answer the Celtics could have had was someone attacking Lebron in the post when he played the 4 spot and Brandon Bass wasn’t that guy.

    • finalword33 - Jun 30, 2012 at 11:01 PM

      Heat beat the Celtics the last 2 years in the playoffs. It really doesn’t matter when Lebron takes over. The Smeltics are done for this era. I’m not sure Ray Allen will walk away from them, but his better chance to win is clearly in Miami.

      • ear123 - Jul 1, 2012 at 2:19 AM

        “the Smeltics ! “…….ha ha,, that’s hilarious!!

      • truthhurtstoo - Jul 1, 2012 at 7:28 AM

        yea, the old creakers are living in the past. If Alen wants to win, it’s Miami all day.

  2. miamatt - Jun 30, 2012 at 12:23 PM

    If this is true, I say right on, Miami. We saw in the finals what happens when the Heat hit their threes. Allen would be a tremendous fit with his 3-point game, heart, and professionalism.

    Don’t know if he’ll come down south, but he should be the Heat’s #1 priority.

  3. reesesteel23 - Jun 30, 2012 at 12:33 PM

    Lol Kurt cracks me up…the first comment is always,….”Really Kurt………..”…..people get SO irritated Lol..I love it!

  4. n2thaizzo - Jun 30, 2012 at 12:45 PM

    Can somebody tell me how in the same article you say Ray’s not gonna start in Boston because of Bradley, but then say he’s gonna get more playing time in Miami? Is he gonna start over Wade? Is he gonna play the 3 in Miami? He will get chewed alive! So go ahead Miami… give all your money to ray. Don’t improve your 1 or 5. I’ll take it.

    • drewzducks - Jun 30, 2012 at 1:20 PM

      Exactly. The rings argument I can see but the playing time ? Bron can play the PF but Ray is, has been and always will be a 2. If they go small or think at times they can go with DW at the point ? But other than that may just be Ray doesn’t mind going somewhere new as a bench player as opposed to going from a star/starter in Boston to a reserve here.

  5. zblott - Jun 30, 2012 at 12:49 PM

    Complete rundown of all the guards of note up for free agency tomorrow:

    http://www.behindthebasket.com/btb/2012/6/30/free-agency-primer-the-guards.html

  6. 700levelvet - Jun 30, 2012 at 12:51 PM

    Downlow Ray would play in South Beach for free…………

  7. finsfan71 - Jun 30, 2012 at 12:54 PM

    Does Ray want to come off the bench with Boston, where his season ends in Miami? Or does he want to come off the bench with Miami where his season ends with another ring? It really is that simple.

  8. knightrider1755 - Jun 30, 2012 at 1:03 PM

    Good move for Ray. He should run to Miami, no questions asked.

  9. thacloser86 - Jun 30, 2012 at 1:09 PM

    Really dude we had Wilcox out Jeff green out Paul pierce playing on bum leg ray Allen playing with bone chips no jermaine o Neal stiemsma was hurt so don’t say we didnt get affected by injuries. Lmmfao other then Ray Allen and Paul Pierce look at the names this dumb A** blogger put he should be banned from commenting.

    • ear123 - Jul 1, 2012 at 2:26 AM

      Booo, what a crybaby !

  10. j0esixpack - Jun 30, 2012 at 1:11 PM

    I love how these so called basketball writers like to remind people that Miami played half the series against the Celtics without Bosh… Yet fail to mention that the Celtics played without Bradley and Greene – not to more than a few questionable fouls and technical fouls called against them

    • laserw - Jun 30, 2012 at 1:41 PM

      So true – the Heat didn’t advance solely on their play – they were given gift after gift in the playoffs by bogus ref calls. In the finals, they were given a basket they didn’t earn in a game that ended up decided by 4 – which would have been 2 and could have resulted in a Thunder 2-0 series lead. The Heat did not win because of great play. They barely beat that bunch of old men from Boston and only played well against the Thunder because the Thunder couldn’t play Celtic defense that kept the Heat in check.

      Perhaps the Heat want Allen because they know they are missing something – class and professionalism.

    • finalword33 - Jun 30, 2012 at 11:05 PM

      HA! Refs. That’s great.

      • finalword33 - Jun 30, 2012 at 11:06 PM

        If the Heat big 3 are playing, it won’t matter who’s playing for the Smeltics next season.

  11. ashutto20 - Jun 30, 2012 at 1:31 PM

    With both teams healthy the heat would win…with that said big Jesus Shuttlesworth fan here and if the greatest shooter in nba history went to south beach teams better watch out next season…look forward to the fa signings

  12. kencontreras92 - Jun 30, 2012 at 1:35 PM

    Ray Allen could fit perfectly in Memphis and take over the role OJ Mayo will probably leave. Think about it. He may not win as soon as he would in Miami but I feel like Memphis would be one of the teams that would fit great for him.

  13. davidly - Jun 30, 2012 at 1:59 PM

    Assuming Windhorst’s sources know what they are talking about, you think Miami’s gonna write “significant playing time” in his contract?

    I serious doubt that Allen can assume he’d be playing more in Miami that Boston. Either team is just hoping to have him available the whole year (not likely) and that his overall shooting percentage doesn’t drop (likely).

  14. cidminion - Jun 30, 2012 at 2:02 PM

    @n2thaizzo the heat showed that they didn’t need a true point guard to run the offense last year. They need shooters because the primary ball handlers are Lebron, chalmers, and wade. You have an upcoming guy in cole who will be replacing chalmers in a couple years so the need for a pg is not there. As for the 5, well yes we need a big man to clog the middle but with out that big man we won a championship. When bosh came back in the Boston series the impact was immediate. Going after Allen is the est move for them. No character flaws, hard worker, and hits the open jumper. Not to mention Allen has spent his time running around all day goin through multiple picks to find an open jumper. In Miami he doesn’t have to work hard at all due to all the attention wade, Lebron, bosh get.

  15. cantonbound13 - Jun 30, 2012 at 2:46 PM

    I never thought Ray was a flopper. How would he fit in Miami?

    • finsfan71 - Jun 30, 2012 at 3:06 PM

      Ray’s probably tired of all the crying going on in the northeast.

      • drewzducks - Jun 30, 2012 at 3:53 PM

        As a fins fan I can only imagine you would know something about crying.

      • Tim Donaghy Institute of Refereeing - Jun 30, 2012 at 5:28 PM

        Shouldn’t you be concentrating on not buying Dolphins tickets? I’ll enjoy the tarps this year. Greatest sports city in America.

      • drewzducks - Jun 30, 2012 at 6:19 PM

        “Your teams blow”? 3 of your 4 teams are an embarrassment and you have cannibals running wild in the streets. Good luck with that.

      • edweird0 - Jun 30, 2012 at 8:31 PM

        Lol shouldn’t you be finding new excuses for hating on the Heat? Considering almost every sports franchise has won multiple championships, I’d say yeah, we are a pretty great sports town.

    • ear123 - Jul 1, 2012 at 2:40 AM

      Re: cantonbound13: ‘Ray allen a flopper”

      Wow, you’re probably the founder for the LeBron ‘hating’. Let me guess, now you’re going to shift the hate to “Ray Allen” since he might join the Heat ?

      What a loser ! Stop hating, every one has their right to play where ever they want. As regards to “how” he will fit in, that is the Miami’s team management to worry about, not yours to critisize !

  16. isujames - Jun 30, 2012 at 2:46 PM

    ^ Correct, with ray allen, a pg like r felton or that pg that won rookie of the year and a big body inside to help defend the rim, the Heat could threaten my bulls 72-12 regular season record.

    • blueintown - Jun 30, 2012 at 2:57 PM

      It’s 72-10. And no one will threaten it.

      • finsfan71 - Jun 30, 2012 at 3:03 PM

        For sure not the Heat. They see the regular season as a warm up for the post. Unlike Tibs that goes all in every game.

      • finsfan71 - Jun 30, 2012 at 5:33 PM

        Your teams blow but you find solice in being such GREAT sports fans. My oh my you all have pretty vacuous lives. I bet you put that garbage on your work resumes too.

      • finsfan71 - Jun 30, 2012 at 5:35 PM

        Meant for Tim and Drew, the sports virgins above.

  17. jjordannba - Jun 30, 2012 at 3:06 PM

    No Kurt it was 4 games without Bosh not 5. The Heat are supposed to be your team too, c’mon you should know that

    • jimeejohnson - Jun 30, 2012 at 3:19 PM

      According to heresy, innuendo, rumor, and plain old jealousy based on ignorance, Kurt is supposed to be a Heat fan.

      • jjordannba - Jun 30, 2012 at 3:28 PM

        No young jimee, according to Kurt who has said it.

  18. boston444 - Jun 30, 2012 at 3:45 PM

    Not to mention the Celtics were without Jeff Green, Avery Bradley, Jermaine O’Neal, and Chris Wilcox. Also Paul Pierce had a bum knee ever since the first round.

  19. jebdamone - Jun 30, 2012 at 4:19 PM

    Yes, you took them seven games in the conference finals but five of those were without Chris Bosh and while Dwyane Wade was dragging around a left knee that needed surgery. The Heat will be better next year.)
    ———————————————————————————–
    this is true, but overlooks the fact that jeff green will most likely be back, avery bradly and chris wilcox will be back and ray allen was gimpy. not to mention that sullinger and melo both probably contribute minutes out of the gate. the C’s will be better next year too.

    • jimmymarlinsfan - Jun 30, 2012 at 4:46 PM

      With decreased minutes from pierce and Garnett? Keep dreaming

  20. lakerluver - Jun 30, 2012 at 4:51 PM

    DO NOT SLEEP WITH THE ENEMY, JESUS SHUTTLESWORTH!!!!!

  21. lakerluver - Jun 30, 2012 at 4:52 PM

    The Heat will be “one hit wonders”.

  22. Tim Donaghy Institute of Refereeing - Jun 30, 2012 at 5:32 PM

    Two year deal at most. LeBron opts out in two years and the window slams shut. Jersey sales decrease 86% and the arena goes back to 40% empty vs the current 19% empty. Heat fans disappear for years like the cicadas.

    • jimmymarlinsfan - Jun 30, 2012 at 5:46 PM

      I’m pretty sure I can hear your vagina crying

  23. canehouse - Jul 1, 2012 at 10:42 AM

    We are still partying it up down here…. fuk off you sloppy chowder eating, “wicked” abusing, marty bulger, marky mark, cam neely, carlton fisk blowing punch drunk pugs. MIAMI HEAT 2012 NBA CHAMPS!!!!! Looking forward to many more!!!!

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