Miami Heat and Ray Allen ready to join hands
Rumors about Ray Allen joining the Miami Heat have intensified over the past couple of days. The NBA champions, Miami Heat have shown serious interest in acquiring the services of Ray Allen. However, whether this is a case of the NBA’s transfer fever or Ray Allen actually has chance of joining the Miami Heat; both parties are looking into the matter with dead seriousness.
According to a report from The Associated Press, Ray Allen visited the Miami Heat headquarters on Thursday. Apparently, the free agent guard plans to remain in Florida till Friday.
Miami Heat’s desire to add Ray Allen to their roster is no secret. As a matter of fact, Miami Heat’s superstar LeBron James has even posted an edited image of Ray Allen wearing Heat’s jersey on his facebook page with the caption, “This looks damn good to me”. LeBron James has also been vocal about this issue on his twitter account.
Dwyane Wade has also been playing a role in this mystery. The Miami Heat guard has been sending cryptic messages via his twitter account about the 10-times NBA All-star.
Ray Allen, who has spent the last five seasons with the Boston Celtics, has been offered two-year contract worth $12 million from the Boston Celtics. On the other hand, the Miami Heat cannot offer more than a mini mid-level exception which would pay around $3 million to Ray Allen this coming year.
However, Miami Heat can guarantee beating the Boston Celtics as they have been doing so the past two NBA postseasons.
Ray Allen has averaged 14.2 points per game for the Boston Celtics last season. Nonetheless, the veteran’s form is bound to increase with LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh playing in perfect harmony. Moreover, Miami Heat extend their defense to create room around the basket, which is just what Ray Allen needs to drain one down the hole.
NBA’s 3-point field goal leader, Ray Allen just came off surgery on his right ankle. Surgery at 36 years of age means slow recovery. However, Ray Allen hasn’t forgotten how to shoot. As a matter of fact, Ray Allen scored 45% of his shots from 3-point range for the Boston Celtics last season, which also happens to be his career best.
I’d say Ray Allen is like an expensive bottle of wine which only gets finer as it gets older.