It's possible that we've heard more rumors and rumblings about Ray Allen than any other free agent on the market so far. The flurry of activity surrounding Allen makes some sense — he's a veteran player with a championship under his belt, and could be obtainable for the mid-level exception, making him a popular target for contenders in need of a shooter. Here's the latest on Allen:
- We already knew that the Grizzlies planned to offer Allen their full mid-level exception, but Chris Broussard of ESPN.com adds that the offer is for two years. As I wrote in our previous post on the topic, the Grizz will essentially be hard-capped if they offer Allen more than the $3.09MM taxpayer mid-level, which could make their cap management tricky.
- The Hawks, Clippers, and Mavericks have also expressed interest in Allen, says Broussard.
- In making his decision, Allen will weigh three factors, tweets Broussard: Title chances, his role on the team, and money offered.
- Earlier today, we heard the Celtics would be willing to offer Allen a two-year, $12MM contract.