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Report: Cavaliers talking to Ray Allen and Mike Miller

Jul 9, 2014, 11:58 AM EDT

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UPDATE 11:58 am: If you’re going to have LeBron James on your team you need shooting.

So in addition to making moves to get Ray Allen, the Cavaliers are also talking to Grizzlies free agent Mike Miller, reports Chris Broussard of ESPN. Not coincidentally another former Heat player LeBron liked being paired with.

The question is will all of this matter.

11:20 am: Another sign the Cavaliers are putting together a roster to attract LeBron James:

They are going after Ray Allen, reports Chris Broussard of ESPN.

Allen spent the last couple season in Miami with LeBron, time that is best remembered for the shot that lifted Miami over the Spurs in Game 6 of the 2013 Finals and gave them a shot at a title.

Allen said after the Finals he wasn’t sure he wanted to retire (although that was a consideration) but was only going to play on a contender — he’s only coming to Cleveland if LeBron is.

Allen is still in great shape, he still is a consummate professional and still can knock down the corner three — 57 percent of his shots were from three last season and he hit 37.5 percent from there.

However, Allen’s fading athleticism has made doing things other than shooting — for example defending — difficult. Speaking with him at the Finals he seems frustrated by that.

This move, along with the Jarrett Jack trade to clear out cap space, are the things the Cavaliers want in LeBron’s mind when he sits down with Pat Riley to make a decision on Wednesday.

  1. claymatthewshairplugs - Jul 9, 2014 at 11:33 AM

    No one’s talking about the glamour franchise my LA Lakers. Ray Allen and Lebron fine, the Lakers are going to resign Gasol, trade for Kevin Love with Steve Nash as the centerpiece of that package. Next year they can trade Gasol for a young big like Andre Drummond to play C and then once Kobe’s contract expires they can make an all out run for Kevin Durant. Sign a decent shooting guard ala Lance Stephenson

    Starting Lineup in 2016

    C – Andre Drummond
    PF – Kevin Love
    SF – Kevin Durant
    SG – Lance Stephenson
    PG – Any scrub could do that

    The Lakeshow will be back on top by 2016. We coming!

    • connorchew - Jul 9, 2014 at 11:35 AM


    • kd35usedthunder - Jul 9, 2014 at 11:42 AM

      To get Love, the Lakers would have to trade the entire roster, 10 first-rounders, and Kupchak’s soul.

    • aurelh23 - Jul 9, 2014 at 11:46 AM

      I think I lost brain cells reading this complete garbage.

      Kevin Love in his prime for a should be retired Steve Nash? Dumb

      God help you if you think the Pistons trade their franchise center Drummond for Pau Gasol.

      Kevin Durant leaving OKC for the Lakers? Please take deep breath.

      And the best one of all. Stephenson a free agent THIS YEAR meaning he wont be one NEXT YEAR.

      Please give up internet use for the rest of your life and save humanity from having to read your stuff.

    • loungefly74 - Jul 9, 2014 at 12:21 PM

      ha! i wish, man.

    • chiadam - Jul 9, 2014 at 12:25 PM

      Kevin Love for Steve Nash????? WHAT????

      • asimonetti88 - Jul 9, 2014 at 4:42 PM

        Didn’t you hear? The LAKERS just signed Kris Humphries, now we’re going to use his posse’s time machine to go back to 2005, grab Steve Nash and trade him for K-Love!

    • azarkhan - Jul 9, 2014 at 1:12 PM

      “No one’s talking about the glamour franchise my LA Lakers”

      We leave that to idiots like you.

    • glmore - Jul 9, 2014 at 2:17 PM

      I also heard that they were persuing some of their other FAs; Magic, Kareem, and Worthy

    • zerole00 - Jul 9, 2014 at 2:54 PM

      Yeah, who wouldn’t want a Nash that hasn’t played for 2 years due to injuries.

      Also, a 35 year old Gasol for a franchise cornerstone?

      I can’t tell if you’re trolling or just dropped on your head too often as a kid.

    • 1historian - Jul 9, 2014 at 5:54 PM

      dream on

  2. coldwater32301 - Jul 9, 2014 at 11:34 AM

    Cavs get real he’s not coming back…

    • jeffkx - Jul 9, 2014 at 11:41 AM


    • tomcat9573 - Jul 13, 2014 at 7:41 AM

      Go Cavs ! The King is back where he belongs, Ha ! Ha ! Ha ! Ha ! Yes !

  3. kingperk123 - Jul 9, 2014 at 11:34 AM

    Comeback to Boston we are getting better

    • titansbro - Jul 9, 2014 at 1:13 PM

      lol, sad

  4. rrhoe - Jul 9, 2014 at 11:42 AM

    I am hoping,make that praying,that CLE knows something that we don’t because if he doesn’t(LeBron) return the fallout will be OMG’ish to the tenth power…..

    • chiadam - Jul 9, 2014 at 12:27 PM

      They would only do all this if they knew something.

  5. mcjon22 - Jul 9, 2014 at 11:45 AM

    ( raises eyebrows )

  6. robigd - Jul 9, 2014 at 11:49 AM

    Ray Allen is rapidly diminishing. He missed several wide open 3’s in the finals that he usually makes and is a liability on defense.

    He had a great career, but it’s time to hang up the sneakers.

    • antistratfordian - Jul 9, 2014 at 1:15 PM

      He’s always been a liability on defense… still has two rings though. Teams just want him to make threes in the 4th quarter. That’s not asking much.

  7. phillycannon - Jul 9, 2014 at 11:56 AM

    Is Ray Allen really a story nowadays????

  8. garypagetwo - Jul 9, 2014 at 11:59 AM

    Ray . Come back to Milwaukee

    • censoredpost - Jul 9, 2014 at 12:28 PM

      Actually, it’s pronounced “mill-e-wah-que” which is Algonquin for “the good land.”

      • spunjmunke - Jul 9, 2014 at 12:45 PM

        +100 pts for an awesome movie reference

      • loungefly74 - Jul 9, 2014 at 12:58 PM

        that post was excellent…making it a party time…way.

      • imthedudedude - Jul 9, 2014 at 1:13 PM

        I was not aware of that.

      • pascalswager42 - Jul 9, 2014 at 1:19 PM

        Post of the day

      • saudishot - Jul 9, 2014 at 1:47 PM

        Does this guy know how to party or what?

  9. bobbybouche305 - Jul 9, 2014 at 12:33 PM

    Its a rap! my sources just informed me Pat Riley and Mickey Arison too Cleveland also…..

    • paleihe - Jul 9, 2014 at 12:46 PM

      Do you have a link to the song? I’d like to hear it.

  10. seasickcecil - Jul 9, 2014 at 1:10 PM

    Pat Riley coming to Cleveland? Great news for lard salesmen.

  11. antistratfordian - Jul 9, 2014 at 1:13 PM

    Ray Allen said he’s following LeBron… this wouldn’t be surprising. I’m curious about all this Wiggins for Love talk on twitter though.

  12. 1friendofthepeople - Jul 9, 2014 at 1:20 PM

    Don’t freak out if Lebron doesn’t ditch Miami, Cleveland. He could be scouting the team with the intention of returning next season.

    Lebron hasn’t had a face to face with the Cavs yet. He was partying with Wade just a couple days ago. Bosh is taking a pay cut with the intention of keeping the super friends in MIA. Pat Riley has delivered for Lebron so far. As far as all of Lebron’s ”sources” there hasn’t even been a whisper of Lebrun-Wade-Bosh-Riley falling out. Just coming of 4 straight finals appearances with 2 titles, he may be willing to give MIA another year based on their success.

    Cleveland is doing everything possible to lure him their. If Wade and Bosh opting out wasn’t a strong indication of him staying then these moves shouldn’t be viewed as him giving any indication he will sign after these moves.

    • antistratfordian - Jul 9, 2014 at 1:32 PM

      It would be cruel of LJ to only give Miami another year – if I were a bold Riley I might respond to that with: “look, either commit or leave, no one wants to have to go through this again next year.”

      • bougin89 - Jul 9, 2014 at 5:02 PM

        Well put, Anti. I totally agree that’s what Riley probably would(and should) say in that situation.

  13. csbanter - Jul 9, 2014 at 2:08 PM

    Ray has developed a man crush for Lebron. This hopping from team to team for titles when your skills are diminishing is not competitive.

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