Because we’re all waiting on pins and needles for Ray to make a decision. Here’s the latest speculation.
Allen hasn’t ruled out re-signing with the Boston Celtics, who have made him a strong monetary offer, but signs are pointing to Allen choosing between James’ Miami Heat and Paul’s Los Angeles Clippers.
On Thursday, the Heat will host Allen for a visit as they try to convince him to accept less money and perhaps a lesser role to join their bid to repeat as champions. Friday, Allen is scheduled to visit the Clippers, who have more money to offer and a clear role as the starting shooting guard.
James and Paul, sources said, have been actively recruiting Allen to join their respective teams. Earlier this week, James tweeted a photo of Allen wearing a Heat uniform. Wednesday,Dwyane Wade sent out a tweet describing Thursday as a big day for the franchise.
This is pure speculation, I think, since there is no solid source behind any of it. “Signs are pointing to” something is code for “I think this is what’s going to happen, but I don’t really know.
My sources say signs are pointing to an aneurysm if this keeps up for too long.
I can’t say for sure where Ray Allen is leaning, but I do know the Celtics don’t have many options when it comes to filling his spot. Which is why this report makes sense:
Ray Allen meeting with Heat and Clippers. Celtics said to be strongly considering free agent Nick Young as potential replacement.
— Sam Amico (@SamAmicoFSO) July 5, 2012
The Celtics, one way or the other, will be over the cap within a couple of weeks. They have already reportedly committed their mid-level exception to Jason Terry, which leaves them virtually no money to sign free agents.
Enter Nick Young.
The Celtics and Clippers can each sign-and-trade Ray Allen and Nick Young to the other team. And the Celtics, if they’re so inclined, can very likely sign Young to up to 150% more than whatever Ray makes. I’m not saying they should or would, mind you, I’m just saying they could. Consider Ray Allen’s potential departure a second mid-level exception that can only be used on a player on the team Ray chooses.
Personally, I’ve come to terms with Nick Young off the bench. He is what he is: a scorer. And he can score a lot if he gets hot. He’s not shy about shooting (or anything else, really). But still, how much different will Ray be for this team? Both will shoot the ball. Neither will defend. But one guy will be 37 in a few days and one is 27.
Of course, this “report” could be wrong, Ray could re-sign, and then the Celtics can get on with the rest of their offseason business.