CLEVELAND – In landing free-agent sharpshooter Ray Allen, is it time to call the Cleveland Cavaliers the Cleveland Heat?
After landing LeBron James, James Jones and Mike Miller, Cleveland added perhaps the last piece to their NBA title puzzle in agreeing to a one-year deal with Ray Allen, widely considered the best NBA three-point specialist of all-time.
According to Glenn Moore of Fansided.com on Twitter, Allen to the Cavaliers is a “done deal”. Allen’s agent, Jim Tanner issued a statement on Twitter saying, “Ray has not [yet] decided if he will play this season nor has he signed w/ @Cavs”
If the reports are indeed true, Allen, 39, who was reportedly either considering retirement or joining old coach Doc Rivers in Los Angeles or his long-time friend, LeBron James, gives the Cavaliers a quality role player and another three-point shooter.
In choosing Cleveland, the 6’5 209-pound Allen joins a loaded Cavaliers team with perhaps the deepest bench that includes former Heat teammates in Jones, Miller, Brendan Haywood and Shawn Marion, and a loaded starting lineup that consists of James, Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving, Anderson Varejao and Dion Waiters.
A two-time NBA champion, Allen averaged 9.6 points and shot 37.5 percent from three-point range in 26.5 minutes in the regular season for the Miami Heat in 73 games and 9.3 points, 3.4 rebounds, while shooting 38.8 percent from beyond the arc in 20 post-season games in 26.4 minutes.
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