LeBron James and Chris Paul are the closest of friends, but they will be at cross purposes over the next few days. They are recruiting against each other for the services of Ray Allen.
Allen has not ruled out re-signing with the Boston Celtics, who have made him a strong monetary offer, but signs are pointing to Allen choosing between James’ Miami Heat and Paul’s Los Angeles Clippers.
On Thursday, the Heat will host Allen for a visit as they try to persuade him to accept less money and perhaps a lesser role to join their bid to repeat as champions. Friday, Allen is scheduled to visit the Clippers, who have more money to offer and a clear role as the starting shooting guard.
Kevin Garnett is returning to the Boston Celtics after considering retirement, multiple sources told ESPN.com. The forward will receive a three-year, $34 million deal, the sources said.
The Celtics have one other big name heading into free agency in shooting guard Ray Allen. While he has also expressed a desire to return to Boston, sources told ESPN.com’s Brian Windhorst that the NBA champion Miami Heat have made Allen their primary offseason target.
“The decision came down to whether KG wanted to keep playing,” a source told the Boston Herald. “And once he decided that he did, it was going to be Boston. He wasn’t going to leave Doc (Rivers) and those guys and play anywhere else.”
Danny Ainge does not want to see another decline in the franchise like the one that happened after the Boston Celtics’ original Big Three dried up, and he is reportedly willing to break up his current star trio to ensure that.
The only problem is that he is not seeing any worthwhile deals to make.
The Celtics have limped to a 5-8 start behind 34-year-old Paul Pierce, 35-year-old Kevin Garnett and 36-year-old Ray Allen. Ainge, the Celtics’ president of basketball operations, told The Boston Globe that he would consider a trade if it would help the team get younger and be poised to be competitive in the next era.
The Boston Celtics announced today thatRay Allen has exercised his option for the 2011-12 season.
Allen made his 10th All-Star team for his work during the season and was named to his third All-Star appearance in four years with the Celtics. The guard shot a career-high 44.4% from the three-point line during the 2010-11 season.
The former UConn Husky became the NBA’s all-time three-point field goals made leader when he passed Reggie Miller against the Los Angeles Lakers on February 10, 2011. Allen is currently ranked as the 24th highest scorer in NBA history with 22,286 career points.
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Injuries have forced Boston into thinking about making a move. The Celtics, once thought to be bystanders, now are at least thinking of tweaking their roster due to the recent, serious injury to Marquis Daniels.
Nate Robinson, Marquis Daniels
The area of concentration is Daniels’ position: small forward or big guard. Not only would it help to have someone who can step into that role to spell Daniels — there is no assurance he will be back after bruising his spinal cord — but also to spell Paul Pierce and Ray Allen, both of whom have played in all 54 games this season.
Going the trade route means the Celtics must part with someone, and, looking at their roster, there are only two viable candidates: Daniels and Nate Robinson.
Both Kendrick Perkins and Glen Davis have expiring contracts, but they clearly are part of the team’s future. No one is going to take on Jermaine O’Neal (called “a basketball wastrel” by one NBA executive) and everyone else is either safe or has little to no trade value.