Report: Miami Heat make Ray Allen No. 1 free-agent target
The Miami Heat are entering free agency with eyes set squarely on Boston Celtics sharpshooter Ray Allen.
The Heat want a commitment from Allen within a few hours of the start of Sunday’s free agency, ESPN’s Brian Windhorst reported Saturday. The organization feels that because of its limits in what it can offer Allen — a $3 million, mini-mid-level exception — a dragged-out process would only hurt their chances of signing him.
The Celtics could lure Allen back now that they have re-signed Kevin Garnett and intend to make a final push for a championship with their core of Garnett, Paul Pierce and point guard Rajon Rondo.
But previous reports have noted the “mutual interest” between Allen and the Heat. As the reigning NBA champions, the Heat would give the 36-year-old Allen his best chance to win a second title.
On Thursday, the Heat’s LeBron James took to Twitter to publicly lobby for Allen to join him and Dwyane Wade in Miami.
While watching the Draft my son Bryce ask “Is Ray Allen gonna play for the Heat”. I said “I don’t know, I hope so”.
— LeBron James (@KingJames) June 29, 2012
The Phoenix Suns have also emerged as potential suitors for Allen. They could offer him significantly more money than the Heat or New York Knicks, who have also expressed interest.