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Report: Clippers to make a run at recruiting Ray Allen

Aug 29, 2014, 6:43 PM EDT

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Ray Allen may or may not choose to play next season.

Retirement is a very real option; after Allen won championships in 2008 with the Celtics and again in 2013 with the Heat (while hitting one of the most incredible shots in Finals history along the way), there isn’t much left to accomplish that would enhance his Hall of Fame resume in what would be his 19th NBA season.

But there is that competitive itch. And while it may be a while before Allen decides whether or not to return, he’ll have at least two teams patiently waiting that will attempt to retain his services.

From Arash Markazi of ESPN Los Angeles:

The Clippers have 11 players under contract, two under the league minimum. They will be bringing in veterans for workouts.

Doc Rivers had been in contact with Ray Allen earlier this summer. Expect the Clippers to make a run at him again.

In addition to the Clippers, of course, Allen has been linked to the Cavaliers, where he could join three of his former Heat teammates, including LeBron James.

L.A. traded Jared Dudley for two players that they waived using the stretch provision, which gave the team additional roster flexibility and some space under the cap to add players on minimum salary deals.

It’ll be interesting to see whether the bond with Rivers or the one with James is stronger if Allen chooses to come back next season.

  1. 88heatnation - Aug 29, 2014 at 6:58 PM

    Doc had the same mutual connection with Paul Pierce which probably would have been the better choice, Clips should have gone harder he fills the hole at the 3, improves the D and gives them a real go-to closer at end of games.

    • ProBasketballPundit - Aug 29, 2014 at 7:05 PM

      Chris Paul is as clutch as it gets. Yes, I realize he blew a playoff game last year but before that I’ve never seen anybody come alive at the end of games like CP3.

      • asimonetti88 - Aug 29, 2014 at 8:39 PM

        Chris Paul has never gone past the second round, has he?

      • zoomy123 - Aug 30, 2014 at 2:08 AM


        And that means he’s not clutch? Because he’s never gone past the second round? People take winning to such an extreme that it erases all qualities of a player. Inexplicable.

      • cruzan80 - Aug 30, 2014 at 7:29 AM


        Oh please stop.

        I’ve heard you use the very same logic for Carmelo Anthony multiple times.

        Most on hear are of the completely illogical, homer, fan boy variety disguised as objectivity.

        Asimonetti88’s comment is just as inexplicable as the many you’ve made about Melo.

  2. montrealknowledge - Aug 29, 2014 at 8:14 PM

    Pierce would not be the go to closer on the Clippers anyways.

    • cruzan80 - Aug 30, 2014 at 7:31 AM

      No he wouldnt but he would give them another option as a closer that they currently don’t have outside of Paul.

  3. canucks30 - Aug 29, 2014 at 8:59 PM


  4. succulentnipples - Aug 29, 2014 at 9:46 PM

    Big John Football wishes old Ray the best.

  5. campcouch - Aug 29, 2014 at 10:39 PM

    They’ll need a little more than Ray Allen to unseat San Antonio…or Oklahoma City.

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