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Report: Cavaliers ‘optimistic’ about chances of signing Ray Allen

Aug 17, 2014, 7:00 PM EDT

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As the Cavaliers look to fill out the roster and surround LeBron James with enough veteran talent to make a legitimate run at a title in the upcoming season, Ray Allen‘s name continues to be mentioned — even though we have no idea whether or not he’s decided on returning to play next season.

Twice now there have been reports that Allen had made up his mind to come back, only to have his representation refute those reports each time.

Nothing has changed there, at least on the surface. But the latest report has Cleveland feeling good about its chances of luring Allen to once again team up with James in a championship-contending situation.

From Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports:

The Cavs are also optimistic about their chances of signing free agent guard Ray Allen prior to the start of training camp, a source said.

This may be one of those situations where Allen waits as long as possible before committing, just to ensure that he’s truly all in on coming back to play in what would be his 19th NBA season.

It’s worth noting that despite this report, it’s far from certain that he’ll choose to do so — especially when considering just how content he seemed so recently with the idea that he had already played his last game.

  1. ProBasketballPundit - Aug 17, 2014 at 7:03 PM

    Is it just antistratfordian, or is this team starting to feel a lot like the 2007-08 Boston Celtics?

  2. ProBasketballPundit - Aug 17, 2014 at 7:28 PM

    Ensemble teams like this make me wonder; what’s the ultimate ‘If They Were All In Their Prime’ team? Because if Marion, Ray Allen, and Mike Miller were in their prime this would be an unstoppable all-star team. You could probably say that about a lot of teams… but which one would be best?

    • canucks30 - Aug 17, 2014 at 8:01 PM

      2003-04 Lakers

      4 Hall of Famers: Shaquille O’Neal, Kobe Bryant, Karl Malone, Gary Payton…

      and Rick Fox

      • antistratfordian - Aug 17, 2014 at 8:10 PM

        I think prime Jordan, Pippen, Rodman and Parrish would give those 4 some problems.

      • ecnuob51 - Aug 17, 2014 at 10:39 PM

        Same answer I had. Probably the greatest starting lineup ever.

    • genericcommenter - Aug 18, 2014 at 1:31 AM

      I like the 2003 Lakers comment.

      But I would also consider others like:

      The 86-87 Celtics had 5 HOFers plus a prime Danny Ainge (.443 from 3, 14.8/ 3.4/ 5.6 pg avgs), and a handful of bench guys with decent careers.

      Some 80s Lakers team were pretty stacked and deep. Don’t feel like researching it too much, but i’ll just pick the 86 lakers since that was around the height of the close Celtics/Lakers rivalry. They Magic, Kareem, and Worthy-HOFers. Byron Scott played 14 years and was a 20ppg scorer and good 3pt shooter during his prime. AC Green 16 seasons, iron man, almost 10,000 boards. Michael Cooper- 12 seasons, 8-time NBA All-Defensive. Mychal Thompson peaked at 20/12, got MVP votes and was at least a 15/7 guy for 7 seasons. Frank Brickowski started 400 games over 12 seasons, double digit career scoring. Plus Kurt Rambis.

      Even Magic’s rookie year, in addition to Kareem they had Spencer Haywood, Norm Nixon, and Jamaal Wilkes. Those guys all had All-Star peaks with MVP votes.

      How about the 1960 Celtics? I counted 7 HOFers before I got tired and stopped counting.

    • cnyle01 - Aug 18, 2014 at 2:53 AM

      The rockets with Barkley, The Dream, Drexler, Marley, Pippen, & Cassel

    • 76ersdoubletank - Aug 18, 2014 at 8:04 AM

      Mike Miller was never All-Star level though..

    • ebecks34 - Aug 18, 2014 at 11:54 AM

      What about 1984-1985 Lakers?

      Kareem, Magic, Worthy, Michael Cooper, Mitch Kupchak, Bob McAdoo, Byron Scott, Jamaal Wilkes and James Worthy.

      It’s no contest

      • ProBasketballPundit - Aug 18, 2014 at 2:42 PM

        Wow, you’re right. That would be the better team by far I think. McAdoo was well past his prime then and Kareem was 37… not to mention Magic and Worthy hadn’t quite hit theirs yet. Incredible lineup.

    • sportsfan18 - Aug 18, 2014 at 1:06 PM

      MJ and 4 stiffs…

      Larry “Legend” Bird said it all when he said this about Michael Jeffrey Jordan…

      He said Jordan was “God in basketball shoes.”

  3. lacolem1 - Aug 17, 2014 at 8:52 PM

    These are great signings. It’s hard to go wrong with talented older players in limited minutes in chase of a title, especially considering the youth and talent of the guys ahead of them.

  4. Miami305 - Aug 17, 2014 at 9:50 PM

    The Cavs are just going to look like the Heat of old that couldn’t win the last championship unfortunately. The Heat will be better than the Cavs this next season; you watch.

    • ecnuob51 - Aug 17, 2014 at 10:41 PM

      As of right now the cavs only have two players the heat had last year so how is this just like the heat. When they had mike miller they won the championship

  5. mungman69 - Aug 17, 2014 at 10:13 PM

    @Miami 305, we WILL watch the Cavs. But Miami? Not so much .

  6. mungman69 - Aug 17, 2014 at 10:19 PM

    The 03/04 Lakers came to Philly on a cold February night. Tickets cost a lot of money. Bryant and Malone didn’t play, Shaq got in early foul trouble and Payton was thrown out of the game in the second quarter.
    The Sixers won by 30 but not any fans went home happy.

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