It sounds like everything depends on what Ray Allen wants because everyone wants Ray Allen. The Celtics have at least said that they want Ray back and other teams are lining up around the block to woo him. And at the front of the line is the hated Miami Heat. They want Ray, ...badly.
If the Miami Heat have it their way, they'll have a commitment from Ray Allen within hours of Sunday's start of free agency. The longer the process plays out, the less it may favor them. The Heat, according to sources, have made Allen their prime offseason target and will pursue him strongly when free agency opens Sunday at 12:01 a.m. ET.
All Miami has to offer is that $3 million exception, a steep pay cut from the $10 million Allen earned last year. The Boston Celtics, who have cap space and Allen's Bird rights, could pay him significantly more. Yahoo! Sports recently reported the Phoenix Suns are expected to chase Allen and they could have more than $20 million in cap space. There will be other contenders as well.
Memphis, according to sources familiar with the team's plans, will offer Allen its full mid-level exception ($5 million) in hopes of luring him away from other suitors — such as Miami — with only the mini-mid-level ($3 million) to spend.
So if Ray leaves, it is either for money or the chance to chase a ring. It will be interesting to see what he chooses.
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