Once the Cleveland Cavaliers convinced the game’s best player, LeBron James, to leave the Miami Heat in favor of a return to the Cavaliers, the speculation about who would follow him began. The Cavaliers look like they will get a deal done to acquire Minnesota Timberwolves’ power forward Kevin Love before the season begins and they have already talked a few of James’ former Miami Heat teammates – swingman James Jones and swingman Mike Miller to join James.
Another player they would love to land is guard Ray Allen should he choose not to retire.
James is the only one courting Allen – Allen’s coach with the Boston Celtics, currently Los Angeles Clippers’ president and head coach Doc Rivers, has also contacted Allen.
“A lot have called. Doc called earlier in the summer,” Allen told Mark Murphy of The Boston Globe. “A lot of teams want to be able to get me at the veteran’s minimum. I still have an ego, too. I still have a service to provide, and teams still have to pay me what I feel my presence is worth. I have to take that into consideration, if it’s worth putting my body through what it will take over 82 games.”
The Clippers would love to make another move but just don’t seem to have the funds to do so.
There are also rumors Allen may wait until mid-season to join a contender.
If Allen does decide to retire, he has had a historic 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. Allen averaged 9.6 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game while shooting 44.2% from the field, 37.5% from three and 90.5% from the free throw line last season.