Going forward, the Heat may look to add to their wing position to make it easier to have James play more minutes at one of big man spots. There are some veteran point guards like Nash, Miller or even Jason Kidd out there but the Heat likely have more of a need for a shooter. Adding Nash, for example, would create incredible star power but it would also require the Heat to potentially revamp their offense and lineups that they’ve spent two years figuring out.
This is why Allen could be a nice fit.
Allen did have surgery almost three weeks ago to remove bone spurs in his ankle. It’s not clear what his recovery timeline is but Allen declared — within ear shot of the Heat’s locker room at the end of the conference finals — he was planning to continue his career.
According to multiple league sources, there is mutual interest between Allen and the Heat. The most the Heat can offer is a contract starting at $3 million per year, which is known as the “taxpayer’s mid-level.” Allen could get more elsewhere, but the Heat do offer an attractive portfolio that goes deeper than cash.
Jason Terry, O.J. Mayo and Ray Allen top the Knicks’ free-agent wish list for shooting guards. Allen wants a big offer, of course, but he’ll also favor the team that shows him the most love when it comes knocking on his door on July 1. Looks like the Knicks, who don’t have a lot of money to offer Allen, will have to out wine-and-dine the Bulls and Heat …
We keep hearing how badly the Knicks and Heat want Ray Allen. Well, guess what? Both teams can only pay him $3 million.
I get the fascination with Miami. They are the favorites. But New York? Sure, he’ll be a starter (Iman Shumpert won’t be back until January), but it’s still a cluster down there.
I truly don’t understand why Ray can’t stay in Boston. Once KG re-signs, it’s safe to assume the Celtics will be one of the top 3-4 teams in the East. The Celtics should be able to pay him $3 million. Even playing behind Avery Bradley, Ray will get significant minutes in Boston.
He can make the same coin and contend for a championship without moving. It’s a no-brainer.