Boston Celtics free agent guard Ray Allen has interest in signing with the Phoenix Suns, and the front office that includes his former agent, Lon Babby, will chase after the 37-year-old, Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski reports.
Of course, recent rumors have put the Miami Heat atop the list of landing spots for the all-time three-point shooting leader, but Wojnarowski also reported on Thursday that wasn’t the case. The Celtics themselves have been open about wanting to re-sign Allen and free agent forward Kevin Garnett.
Likely, this is a situation similar to that of Phoenix free agent Steve Nash, who told Wojnarowski’s fellow NBA writer, Marc J. Spears, that the possibilities are endless and nothing will shape up until the offers are on the table on Sunday.
“You can go down the line of teams and possibilities and you can list a bunch of pros,” Nash told Spears. “But it will be interesting to see what actually transpires on [Sunday] and see how they rank in my mind.”
And if Allen is thinking like Nash, who on a radio show said that being paid is essentially a sign of respect in this league, then the Suns are in solid position, having more cap space to sign the future Hall-of-Famer than either the Heat or the New York Knicks, who are another potential team with Allen on the radar.
Wojnarowski reports Allen’s interest is “regardless” of whether Nash returns or not, but you can be sure that if Phoenix was able to pull this off, it’d bode well for re-signing Nash. Despite struggling with injuries and playing in 46 games during the 66-game regular season, Allen still averaged 14.2 points per game to go with 2.4 assists an 3.1 rebounds during the 2011-12 season.
He could provide a scary three-point threat for the Suns to spread the floor to an even greater degree and at worst could provide a deadly option in clutch situations by coming off screens.
And of course, there’s the obligatory mention that the aging veteran could benefit from Phoenix’s training staff.