NBA training camp is about a month away and Ray Allen is still a free agent. Although there hasn’t been a shortage of teams looking to sign the future Hall-of-Famer and arguably the greatest shooter in league history, Ray Allen is reportedly still debating whether or not continue his playing career.
With that said, the Washington Wizards have joined a number of teams that are looking to sign Ray Allen. The San Antonio Spurs, Cleveland Cavaliers and Los Angeles Clippers have also reportedly expressed interest in signing Ray Allen, but where should he sign if he decides to continue playing?
Early reports suggested that Ray Allen would join LeBron James in Cleveland, but after the Cavaliers acquired Mike Miller and James Jones, he might not necessarily be needed. The Washington Wizards, however, could actually use some depth at the shooting guard position, which would make him a good fit in the nation’s capital, as John Schuhmann of NBA.COM pointed out:
Allen could come there, join a team that should rank in the top four in the East, and be a needed contributor. He’s got former teammate Paul Pierce there, as well as the point guard – John Wall – who led the league (by a wide margin) in assists on 3-pointers last season.
I don’t think the Washington Wizards will acquire Ray Allen, since I expect him to sign with a legitimate championship contender if he continues his playing career, but it wouldn’t be as surprising as some people think.
John Wall has gotten the most out the Wizards’ three point shooters, and although Ray Allen isn’t the same player he once was, he can certainly still shoot the ball from outside. John Wall led the NBA in total assists and created the most corner three point shots in the league, while Ray Allen shot nearly 43% from the corner this past season with the Miami Heat.
At this point in his career, I don’t think anyone expects Ray Allen to play major minutes each and every night. Ray Allen would not only give the Washington Wizards another scoring threat off the bench, but he’d be a great role model for Bradley Beal, who’s often compared to Allen.
Ray Allen could still contribute on the court, but his leadership in the locker room is arguably just as important.
Again, I don’t think Ray Allen will suit up for the Washington Wizards, but I also never thought Paul Pierce would come to D.C. Stranger things have happened and there’s no doubt that Ray Allen would be a good fit in Washington.