Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade hugs Boston Celtics' Ray Allen (20) after the Heat defeated the Celtics in Game 7 of their Eastern Conference Finals NBA basketball playoffs in Miami, Florida June 9, 2012. (Photo : REUTERS/Andrew Innerarity)
As Celtics veteran and free agent, Ray Allen, visits the Miami Heat today, another team, the Clippers, has decided not to move forward in attempting to recruit the reigning NBA 3-pt shooter.
The Los Angeles Times this afternoon reported that the Clippers cancelled the Friday meeting with Allen after news of Jamal Crawford and Chauncey Billups intending to sign with the team were received.
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Crawford would sign a three-year, $15.7 million deal with Chris Paul's Clippers while Chauncey Billups could sign a deal to be worth up to $4.3 million for one year said the LA Times.
As for Allen, various media agencies are reporting that LeBron James and Dwayne Wade have been trying to push Allen to play amongst the Heat for the 2012-2013 season.
According to the Detroit Free Press, Miami can offer him roughly $3 million per year, in a 3-year contract while Boston would be willing to pay a $12 million for two-years.
Although Allen has not announced rejecting or signing in on Boston's offer, ESPN is reporting that "signs are pointing to Allen choosing between James' Miami Heat and the Clippers".
Now that the Clippers have dropped their bid, maybe Allen may make a move to jump from the "Big Three" to a "Big Four" in Miami.
Miami relied heavily on its 12-year veteran player Mike Miller to deliver the 3-pointers the team greatly took advantage of during the championship game against the Thunder but due to the plaguing injuries to his back and his foot, it makes sense for the Heat to search for another veteran sharpshooter.
Miller averaged .453 behind the 3-point line this past season while Allen averaged .453 as well.
Allen averages .400 behind the arc in his career but during the 2012 Playoffs he shot .304.
According to ESPN Kevin Garnett is returning to Boston according to multiple sources. Garnett should be signing up on a 3-year deal worth $34 million. The 36-year-old veteran would start his 6th season with the Celtics the coming season.
Rajon Rondo and Paul Pierce are under contract and should return for the coming NBA season.
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