After the Miami Heat’s big three of forward LeBron James, guard Dwyane Wade and big man Chris Bosh opted out of their contracts to become unrestricted free agents in the offseason, it leaves the Heat with just two players on their roster, a pair of point guards in first round pick Shabazz Napiter and Norris Cole with Cole being the only player officially signed to a deal.
Another key piece that is now a free agent is the NBA’s all-time leading three-point shooter, Ray Allen. The Heat are hopeful they can keep Allen now that it looks like Allen will be returning for a 19th NBA season in the 2014-2015 postseason. The reason Allen seems likely to return? He’ d like to chase one more championship playing alongside James. Of course with the recent developments between James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, that could mean spending his final season in Cleveland.
According to Joe Kotoch of Pro Basketball Draft, the Cavaliers will pursue shooters, including Allen, if they can sign James.
I’m told the Cavs primary focus upon signing LeBron would be to acquire more shooters. Ray Allen would be a target.
— Probasketballdraft (@Probballdraft) July 7, 2014
If Allen has played his final game, it has been a fantastic career. He is the all time leader in three-pointers made and has career averages of 18.9 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game while shooting 45.2% from the field, 40.0% from beyond the arc and 89.4% from the free throw line. He also has two championship rings, winning with the Boston Celtics in 2008 and the Heat in 2013.