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Report: Ray Allen leaning toward signing with LeBron James’ Cavaliers

Jul 24, 2014, 12:01 AM EST

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Ray Allen said he plans to return from China later this week, get an MRI on his legs and then decide on his future.

But if you want to read between the lines, this sure sounds as if Allen – health permitting – has already made up his mind.

Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe:

Allen is in remarkably good condition for a 39-year-old, but he’s also still 39. At some point, his body will prevent him from either playing at NBA level or to his personal standards. I’m not sure which threshold is lower.

However, if he plays next season, following LeBron James to Cleveland makes a lot of sense. Allen shot 40 percent on 3-pointers with LeBron on the court last season and 32 percent without LeBron.

If Allen is worried about declining, LeBron’s ability to attract opposing defenses sure would give Allen a nice buffer.

  1. lazegowizfan95 - Jul 24, 2014 at 12:03 AM

    As a Heat fan I really don’t care he can go easily replaceable there’s still good wings available in the free agency.

    • Mr. Wright 212 - Jul 24, 2014 at 12:06 AM

      blah blah blah

    • k3nn3k - Jul 24, 2014 at 12:13 AM

      Like who?

    • 00maltliquor - Jul 24, 2014 at 12:55 AM

      How disrespectful. The man that basically win you that 3rd ring and your gonna dog him out like that? Lol

      • orlandochamps - Jul 24, 2014 at 2:07 AM

        I would dog him out like that too, ray allen and lebron both showed no loyalty to their teams. How disrespectful lol they dont deserve my respect.

      • ddarqwon - Jul 24, 2014 at 2:59 AM

        Saying 39 year old Ray Allen is replaceable qualifies as “dogging him out” now?
        I didn’t know guys were so sensitive.

      • blogsk3tball - Jul 24, 2014 at 5:58 AM

        @OrlandoChamps – How do you think Miami got Ray Allen & LeBron? i believe it was because they both left their teams after deep playoff runs fell short.

      • sportsfan18 - Jul 24, 2014 at 9:10 AM

        orlando

        Paul Pierce

        Boston

        Nets

        Wizards

        So, based on what Ray has done and is thinking about, you’d say Pierce has no loyalty either.

        KG

        Minnesota

        Boston

        Nets

        Uh, not loyal either then right?

        Uh, Shaq played for like 6 or 7 teams too.

        How MANY companies and businesses have you worked for in your life?

      • unxpexted1 - Jul 24, 2014 at 10:33 AM

        sports,

        It’s not lack of loyalty when you get traded as in KG’s and Paul Pierce’s case. Technically they both have only moved once on their own accord. KG gave approval to his no trade clause, and Pierce is now leaving for the first time on his own to go to the wizards.

        Ray left from Milwaukee, to seattle, to Boston, to Miami, to…wherever he goes next. Not saying its wrong, but lets not act like its the same.

    • jzone954 - Jul 24, 2014 at 9:49 AM

      Lebrons a smart Individual. Regardless of what everybody thinks
      James jones will still get minimal playing time, but Ray Allen and
      Mike Miller are solid additions if you’re trying to win it all next year.

      • sonnysuave - Jul 24, 2014 at 10:26 AM

        3 guys who do the same thing… Smh. Waste of roster spots, that could be filled with other needed role players.

  2. rajbais - Jul 24, 2014 at 12:12 AM

    People hate the Heat for forming the Big 3 and people hated the Heat for buying a championship???

    I thought that the current CBA was meant to not form super teams.

    Thanks for ruining the NBA climax Lebron. Soon, Kevin Love will spoil the point of a NBA season in Cleveland too.

    • antistratfordian - Jul 24, 2014 at 12:18 AM

      I know, right. Players today are so soft. You think Magic Johnson, Kareem and James Worthy would ever team up? No way, Jorge! They wanted to beat the best, no join them. Modern players and their super teams are ruining basketball. The greats of the past are laughing at these losers.

      • watdoiknow - Jul 24, 2014 at 12:38 AM

        If you really believe that’s a fair comparison.. then you really do not know a thing about basketball.. I’ve read your posts before.. and you’re pretty outlandish… and I always figured you did that just to get a reaction.. sometimes your ramblings were backed with moments that actually made sense.. but.. after reading that… I’m thinking I gave you too much of a benefit of the doubt.

      • antistratfordian - Jul 24, 2014 at 12:52 AM

        Oh spare me. Let’s keep it basketball. This isn’t pro-emotional-rantings-talk.

        But it’s more than a fair comparison because Magic went to the Lakers just so he could play with Kareem – who at the time was already a legend. If he couldn’t end up on the Lakers to play with Kareem, he was going to stay in school. Those were his words.

        Now LeBron is in Cleveland, and LeBron is Kareem in this situation, and Love wants to join the Cavs because LeBron is there. LeBron is the living legend. Love is playing the Magic part – wanting to join a proven winner. And Kyrie is Worthy, the third wheel #1 pick who really had no say in anything.

        Nothing’s new under the sun.

      • musician0785 - Jul 24, 2014 at 2:09 AM

        Worthy was drafted AFTER Magic and Kareem, did he force his way to LA too?

      • antistratfordian - Jul 24, 2014 at 2:24 AM

        no kidding. kareem and magic “forced” their way to los angeles. lebron and love will have “forced” their way to cleveland. worthy and kyrie were just drafted by their teams… going along for the ride.

        obviously it isn’t the exact same situation. that isn’t the point. the point is that the basic concept isn’t new.

        and the fact that magic would not have gone to chicago if they won the coin toss – and would only have come out to join kareem – basically absolves love, or any other star, of any culpability if they choose a team in free agency that already has a hall of famer or two on it.

      • blogsk3tball - Jul 24, 2014 at 6:06 AM

        I guess Anthony Bennett & Wiggins forced their way to play with LeBron because they knew he was coming home two years in advance as well.

    • stayhigh_247 - Jul 24, 2014 at 12:21 AM

      rajbais
      not true, barring any injuries, the Spurs should be favorites to win it all regardless of what happens in Cleveland, i.e Miami West

    • mackcarrington - Jul 24, 2014 at 1:14 AM

      Magic didn’t manipulate anything to end up on the Lakers. It was just luck or fate that the Lakers had that 1st pick, which was acquired some years before in a trade with the New Orleans Jazz for Gail Goodrich. I think Magic was in 8th grade when that went down. He may have had a choice in going back to school, but he couldn’t predict that pick was going to be no. 1. Come on man!

      • fanofthegame79 - Jul 24, 2014 at 8:16 AM

        You need to revisit what happened during that draft. Magic said he would stay in school if he wasn’t drafted by the Lakers.

      • mackcarrington - Jul 24, 2014 at 9:37 AM

        So you’re saying that he “forced” the Lakers to draft him?

  3. seasickcecil - Jul 24, 2014 at 12:20 AM

    I’m stunned. I would have thought for sure he would go back to Miami to play with Luel Deng.

  4. money2long - Jul 24, 2014 at 12:21 AM

    that picture has me wondering..does anyone know if kyrie irving wore an “uncle drew” nickname jersey last season ?

    • gtollin - Jul 24, 2014 at 1:23 AM

      I believe it was only the Heat and Nets who “tested” the nickname jerseys.

    • jeffkx - Jul 24, 2014 at 5:44 AM

      No. But when the Heat wore those jerseys there was talk here about what every player on the Cavs nickname would be.

  5. areyesrn - Jul 24, 2014 at 12:48 AM

    wow…was that amazing 2001 eastern conf final with ray allen really 13 years ago???

  6. divan22 - Jul 24, 2014 at 1:02 AM

    Serious question: when’s the last time a good player chose to sign with the Lakers and play with Kobe?

    • mackcarrington - Jul 24, 2014 at 1:21 AM

      Yes, it’s been a few years, but John Salley, Karl Malone, Gary Payton, Rick Fox, Glen Rice, Ron Artest, I know i’m missing some others, but then I don’t know what you consider a “good player”.

      • ddarqwon - Jul 24, 2014 at 3:09 AM

        Did you just list John Salley as a “good player” when he went to the Lakers?
        The same John Salley that averaged 1.6 points and 1.4 rebounds during his time in purple and gold?

        I’m sorry I just thought that was funny as hell.

      • mackcarrington - Jul 24, 2014 at 9:45 AM

        Yeah, I’ll give you that. For that matter, all the guys I mentioned, save for maybe Fox were on the downside of their careers when they joined the Lakers. It was late when I typed that.

      • sportsfan18 - Jul 24, 2014 at 10:19 AM

        When Malone went to the Lakers, it was at the VERY END of his HOF career. He was 40 yrs old.

        He did not go there as a star with many seasons to play for the Lakers.

        Same with Gary Payton. The Glove was 35 yrs old when he went to the Lakers.

        Rick Fox career PER below league average at 13.6 not good

        John Salley career PER below league average at 12.8 not good

        Glen Rice finally, a career PER above the league average of 15.0 as his was 16.2

        Ron Artest career PER of exactly 15.0 or league average. PER with just the Lakers was 11.8

        I don’t consider players to be good when they are below league average or even average.

        Good is BETTER than average. That’s what a good player is.

    • program33 - Jul 24, 2014 at 2:27 AM

      2003

    • blogsk3tball - Jul 24, 2014 at 6:11 AM

      The real question is when was the last time a huge free agent said i want to go play in the stacked Western Conference batteling every night instead of moon walking to the Playoffs via the East.

    • ProBasketballPundit - Jul 24, 2014 at 10:04 AM

      Shaq in 1996.

    • unxpexted1 - Jul 24, 2014 at 10:59 AM

      I think it’s a lil unfair to say because the Era was different. I mean what big free agent went to sign with the Lakers when they had shaq, or when he went to miami. This whole big name free agent signing with another star is relatively new in free agency.

      The last time I can really remember one star teaming up with another star in free agency, and I’m sure I’m missing some, was Clyde Drexler leaving to sign with Hakeem. Other than that nothing jumps out at me of top tier players leaving in free agency,.

      • badge3832 - Jul 24, 2014 at 2:39 PM

        Drexler was traded from Portland in midseason.

  7. bux1022 - Jul 24, 2014 at 1:11 AM

    Pau???

    • divan22 - Jul 24, 2014 at 5:18 AM

      Pau was traded to L.A. Not that he didn’t want to be there (he did) but it wasn’t a signing.

      He did choose to leave, though!

      • loungefly74 - Jul 24, 2014 at 8:52 AM

        right…but Pau spent his prime in LA and in the process went to the Finals 3 times…I’m sure looking back, he is super happy about that trade. also, the original question is somewhat loaded…its rare for a star player to be a true FA. usually they are traded for picks or other players. I guess Lebron coming back to Cleveland is a rare circumstance…the Cavs had to give up nothing, i believe. also Dwight to Houston was another example.

        Also…I look at things from a team aspect…i would not say “to play with Kobe”…but “to play for the Lakers”.

  8. thewizkid89 - Jul 24, 2014 at 3:55 AM

    I didn’t know the Cavaliers belonged to Lebron James …

    • dstroi - Jul 24, 2014 at 8:17 AM

      The way he requests for certain trades and free agents makes me think that the Cavs do belong to LBJ! Now that he is back home, do you think ownership is NOT going to do whatever it takes to make the “KING” happy? Do you think he’s NOT going to be the coach of that team? Listen, I’ve always said that LBJ is a great basketball player but the way the NBA is going has me concerned. We are now embarking on a “superteam” built organization scheme to retrieve rings. A modified 2k game if you will. (IMO)- Do I think LBJ coming back to the Cavs is a great story? YES. Should he have left in the first place? NO.

      • gofinsgoheatfloria - Jul 24, 2014 at 9:23 AM

        You rae g

      • gofinsgoheatfloria - Jul 24, 2014 at 9:40 AM

        “do you think ownership is NOT going to do whatever it takes to make the ‘KING’ happy?”

        The club is owned by the same person who lost LeBron the first time, and whose reaction to doing so was to throw a public temper tantrum and leave the letter that was that tantrum’s centerpiece on the club Web site for four years. How does one predict what someone like that will do?

  9. ravenswhat - Jul 24, 2014 at 7:07 AM

    This cavs team is going to be good but they have zero frontline and that is going to make them extremely vulnerable in the playoffs against the likes of the Bulls, Wizards.

  10. profantasyplyr - Jul 24, 2014 at 9:19 AM

    Soooo same team without Wade or Bosh. Good luck LeCrampy..

  11. fordmandalay - Jul 24, 2014 at 9:43 AM

    Will the NBA give him a special waiver to bring his walker on the court?

  12. rrhoe - Jul 24, 2014 at 1:26 PM

    For a team in win now mode they sure went from one of the youngest teams in the league to one of the oldest,overnight……..

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