Ray Allen’s decision for free agency is going to be tough — he’s got so many good options. His suitors couldn’t be more different with the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Clippers. To make things more difficult, the defending NBA Champions San Antonio Spurs have joined the competition for Ray Allen’s services. According to ESPN.com Marc Stein, they want to pluck Allen out of free agency.
Allen must chose between a clear favorite in East in the Cavaliers. The Cavs have a young, talented roster. But aside from a somewhat easy road the NBA Finals, Cleveland is undesirable. Pro Basketball Talk’s Kurt Helin points out, Allen had it easy in Miami. Good weather, good money and proximity to family. In Cleveland, he’ll have to accept the veteran minimum and he’ll have to brave the cold weather.
He could also gamble a little bit and head to one of the west coast teams. By electing to go to San Antonio or Los Angeles, he’ll have the luxury of nice weather, but Kurt Helin is probably overstating the weather factor. Those teams are awash in the incredibly superior NBA’s Western Conference. The Spurs are the defending champions, but the West is loaded. There’s no guarantee that they’ll be back. On the Clippers, Ray Allen may not have much of an impact with playing time. J.J. Redick, Jamal Crawford and even Reggie Bullock. Allen probably isn’t interested in sitting on the bench all season.
Of course, he’s not certain he’ll play at all this season. But the Spurs are a very viable option for the 18-year NBA veteran.
One more Spurs rumble with Team USA v Finland now seven hours away: Reigning champs, I’m told, trying to barge into Ray Allen Sweepstakes
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) August 30, 2014