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NBA Free Agency Rumors: Could Cleveland Cavaliers Land Ray Allen with LeBron James?
On Tuesday afternoon, LeBron James sent shock waves through the NBA and into the front office of the Cleveland Cavaliers after he opted out of his contract with the Miami Heat. After leaving Cleveland just four short years ago, the Cavaliers are widely considered a legitimate option with their large amount of cap space.
As every national NBA outlet started churning out scenario after scenario on where James could land, an intriguing piece of information seemingly slipped through the cracks. Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com reported that not only is Ray Allen looking to play a 19th season, he wants to do so by the side of James.
Windhorst stated, “Allen has a desire to continue playing alongside LeBron James, whom he developed a close relationship with during their two seasons together in Miami, whether it is with the Heat or another team. James vacationed together last week after the Heat were beaten in the NBA Finals by the San Antonio Spurs.”
Turning 39-years old in July, Allen averaged 9.6 points, 2.0 assists and 2.8 rebounds in 26.5 minutes per night last season. Though his best days are obviously behind him, the simple fact that Allen wants to continue on with James could present an interesting scenario Cleveland Cavaliers fans never thought would occur—Allen donning the wine and gold.
With James completely in play for the Cavaliers, a reunion with the former King of Cleveland would likely mean one of the greatest three-point shooters in the history of the game could join the team. It also just so happens that the Cavaliers have a major void in their rotation for a shooting guard who can space the floor and knock down the big shot when called upon.
After earning $3.2 million last season with the Heat, the Cavaliers could easily provide him with a one or two-year deal if the team inks James to a contract. With so many people calling for veteran leadership to be added to the team, a combo deal of James and Allen would easily satisfy that.
This is all clearly premature, as there have not been any solid rumors linking Allen to the Cavaliers. But once James shows up in Cleveland for a visit or a hot rumor links him to the Cavaliers, you better believe the Allen rumors will spark up right behind them. Once that happens, you can allow the dreams of Kyrie Irving driving to the hole and kicking it to Allen in the corner for a knock-down three run rampant throughout your mind.
Allen in the wine and gold after all those years of killing the Cavaliers with the Boston Celtics is something this writer never thought he would see. But thanks to this new era of stars teaming up together, anything is a possibility.
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