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Report: Washington Wizards contact Ray Allen, too

Sep 2, 2014, 6:36 PM EDT

Miami Heat's Allen celebrates a three point shot against the Indiana Pacers during Game 7 of their NBA Eastern Conference final basketball playoff in Miami Reuters

LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers want him. Doc Rivers and the Los Angeles Clippers want him. Gregg Popovich and the champion San Antonio Spurs want him.

And Ray Allen isn’t even sure he wants to play another season.

Now you can throw one more name in the hat of interested parties — the Washington Wizards. Don’t laugh, they’re serious. They have contacted Allen, reports J. Michael of

The Wizards would prefer to keep their 15th and final roster open but they’d quickly change gears for Ray Allen. The team contacted the 39-year-old shooting guard early in the free agent process to gauge his interest in signing, has confirmed with two people with knowledge of the situation Tuesday.

Allen, while his overall game is slipping, still played more than 20 minutes a night for the Heat last season, averaged 9.6 points a game and is still deadly with the corner three. He’s still in good enough shape to play (he’s a conditioning freak).

Allen could fit in Washington, coming off the bench behind Bradley Beal and stealing minutes from Glenn Rice Jr. (and Martell Webster).

Nice try by the Wizards, but this is normally where I would make a joke about how “I put in a call to Reese Witherspoon about our date… it has the same odds of success.” But not today. I’m going to rise above that kind of snark. Almost.

If Allen is going to play for the league minimum — and that’s a big “if” that he would put himself through the grind of the season for that — he’s going to do it for a contender. The Wizards may be the third best team in the East (it’s arguable), but they are not title contenders. Ray Allen isn’t leaving warm weather Miami for our nation’s capital.

Sorry Wizards fans. I’d just suggest you keep dreaming of Kevin Durant in 2016.

  1. RavenzGunnerz - Sep 2, 2014 at 6:40 PM

    Ok PBT, this is an item to draw clicks. No way PP & Allen play on the same team again.

  2. succulentnipples - Sep 2, 2014 at 6:49 PM

    Big John Football would like to watch Mr. Allen perform.

  3. sportsfan18 - Sep 2, 2014 at 7:16 PM

    Ray didn’t even have to think about this one…

    NOT a contender this season…

    NOT a warm place either…

  4. campcouch - Sep 2, 2014 at 8:56 PM

    Ray Allen is becoming a mercenary? Say it ain’t so Ray!

  5. 19pac - Sep 3, 2014 at 3:14 AM

    Ray’s going to Wizard’s Then in Mid-season KG is going to get traded. Then The original Big 3 Are Going To Retire TOGETHER!!!!!

  6. kingperk123 - Sep 3, 2014 at 11:27 AM

    Paul Pierce and john wall could be good

    • lazegowizfan95 - Sep 3, 2014 at 2:43 PM

      The will trust me see what Wall did to Ariza he made him look like Ray Allen last year John Wall is what Paul Pierce needs right now in his carrer I think Pierce will have a bounce back year with 14-18 points per game just watch

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