We’re just a month away from the start of NBA training camp and arguably the greatest shooter in league history, Ray Allen, is still a free agent.
At this point, Ray Allen could walk away from the NBA with not much to lose, especially when considering that he’s won two NBA championships with the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat, respectively. Although Ray Allen, who recently stated that he’s “not in any rush” to make a decision”, is still contemplating whether or not to continue his playing career, that doesn’t mean he isn’t getting interest from teams around the league.
The Los Angeles Clippers and Cleveland Cavaliers have reportedly expressed interest in signing Ray Allen, but it looks like the Washington Wizards have contacted his representatives as well–according to J.Michael of CSN Washington.
The team contacted the 39-year-old shooting guard early in the free agent process to gauge his interest in signing, CSNwashington.com has confirmed with two people with knowledge of the situation Tuesday.
If Ray Allen decides to continue playing, he’ll likely sign for the veteran’s minimum and he’d play the backup shooting guard position, which is something he’s been doing behind Dwyane Wade for the past several seasons.
It’s not surprising that the Wizards are interested in signing Ray Allen, but I’d be shocked if he ended up in the nation’s capital this upcoming season. To be fair, no one really expected Ray Allen’s former teammate, Paul Pierce, to sign with the Washington Wizards, but I think this would be even more surprising, given the amount of interest he’s gotten from contending teams.
Bradley Beal has often been compared to Ray Allen, and I don’t think there’s any other active shooting guard in the NBA that Beal could potentially learn more from. As J.Michael pointed out, Ray Allen would likely fit well into the Wizards’ system, and he probably wouldn’t be expected play major minutes each and every night.
Not only would Ray Allen be a great mentor for Bradley Beal, but he’d bring championship experience and locker room leadership to a team looking to take the next step in the Eastern Conference.
Again, stranger things have happened, but I’d be shocked if Ray Allen suits up for the Washington Wizards this season.