Knicks, Heat atop of Ray Allen’s list
June 9, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers talks to Ray Allen (20) against the Miami Heat during the first quarter in game seven of the 2012 NBA Eastern Conference finals at the American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE
Ray Allen scored 15 points on 5-of-11 shooting in Miami’s clinching Game 7 victory in the Eastern Conference Finals. Allen finished his ninth postseason with averages of 10.4 points, 4.2 rebounds and 39.1% shooting from the field. With an average age of 29.3 years (28th oldest), the prevailing question around the league is how Boston will proceed with an aging core that netted them one NBA championship and numerous Conference Finals appearances.
Allen, at least, seems to have aspirations to continue his basketball career according to Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated. The two teams atop of his list? The New York Knicks and the Miami Heat.
Judging by his career-high 45.3% shooting from behind the arc, Allen can definitely help a team from the perimeter. Miami converted on 35.9% of their 1030 3-point attempts, finishing ninth in the league. New York made 33.6% of their attempts, good for 21st.
The acquisition of Allen seems good in theory but neither New York or Miami has enough financial flexibility to haul a player of Allen’s caliber.