Since the end of Game 7, there has been a lot of speculation that Ray Allen may not return next season. There have been rumors that Allen is targeting the Knicks and Clippers, but it seems like he’d like to take his talents to South Beach to join the Heat’s version of the Big 3.
According to Steve Kyler, Editor and Publisher of Hoopsworld, his sources are telling him that Ray Allen wants to join the Heat and have another chance at getting a second ring.
The Celtics could easily retain Allen with the cap space they have this offseason, but as of right now, it looks like both parties are going to go their separate ways.
A few weeks ago, it was reported that Rondo and Allen didn’t get along this season, and throughout this Big 3 era, there had been a ripple between them. If that’s true, they never let their differences show on the court. But if there is a problem in the locker room, that could possibly escalate into a bigger chemistry issue involving other players.
With Ray Allen having offseason ankle surgery and not being as productive as he has been in years past, maybe it’s not a bad idea to let him walk. Avery Bradley proved that he can start at the shooting guard position, and played extremely well with Rajon Rondo during the second half of the season.
If Ray Allen chooses not to come back, the Celtics will have $10 million to sign another player to fill his role. It has been rumored that the Celtics will try hard to sign Jamal Crawford during free agency.
One thing to remember, shooting guards who are primarily jump shooters can always be replaced. Ray Allen was and still is a special player, but there are other players out there who can hit 3 point shots. It really is too bad that the Big 3 may not retire together in Celtic green, but looking at it from a player’s perspective, there is nothing like winning another championship.
Personally though, I don’t like the fact that he wants to go to Miami. Will I look at him differently if he goes there? Definitely, but I can’t forget the time that he spent in Boston. He helped the Celtics get Banner 17, and we got the opportunity to enjoy and watch 5 seasons of a future Hall of Famer.