NBA Free Agency: Summer Ball

07.02.2012

SPORTS

Ray Allen

With the Boston Celtics’ need for a young shooting guard, many experts and fans alike thought the team was ready to move forward and sever ties with veteran guard Ray Allen. But that couldn’t be further from the truth. With the C’s reportedly agreeing to resign “the Big Ticket” Kevin Garnett to a three-year, $34 million contract, Danny Ainge and company now turn the attention to uncle Ray. With Allen drawing offers from the Memphis Grizzlies, the Atlanta Hawks, Los Angeles Clippers, the Mavs, Brooklyn and the Miami Heat, the pressure is on Boston “to bring the band back together” as head coach Doc Rivers stated. Rivers has made it clear that he wants his championship core back, and it appears the Celtics are willing to push to keep the Big Four together. With the Celtics picking up collegiate stars Jared Sullinger (Ohio State), Fab Melo and Kris Joseph (Syracuse) in the draft, their decision to bring back Allen is a no-brainer. The 37-year-old Allen should give it one last shot. He is the league’s all-time leading 3-point shooter.

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