The Cleveland Cavaliers are still working through the process of possibly trading for Kevin Love. That story has been written about, run through, picked back up and run through again. We will continue to do so for you here at FoS as adding Love to the Cavs will be the biggest story since… Well since LeBron James return. Another acquisition seems tee’d up and ready to go: Ray Allen signing with the Cavs.
According to multiple reports Allen is leaning toward joining the Cavs, retirement seems to be his other option. ESPN reported it this way:
Veteran guard Ray Allen is leaning toward returning for his 19th season and joining his former Miami Heat teammate LeBron James on the Cleveland Cavaliers, The Boston Globe has reported, citing an NBA source.
If Allen signs the Cavs will have added another ex-Miami Heat player to join James and Mike Miller. Allen would come with a veteran’s minimum contract for the Cavs, having little impact on any other pursuits. Don’t be surprised if Rashard Lewis, who recently failed his physical with Dallas and needs knee surgery, also signs a similar deal when healthy.
Allen played over 26 minutes a game last year for the Heat. With the Cavs he would be expected to play far less to keep him healthy for the stretch run and playoffs. As is Allen would backup Dion Waiters and Andrew Wiggins at the 2 guard spot. He could share the floor with Waiters shifting to the lead guard spot with the second team as well. If the Cavs move either Waiters or Wiggins, likely one not both, in a Love deal Allen’s responsibility would grow.
An interesting side note is that Allen once was on the Cavs radar but instead chose to sign elsewhere leading to the infamous Larry Hughes signing. Had Allen signed back in his prime, when he was a dynamic playmaker as well as the shooter he is today, the Cavs future would of looked completely different. A championship trophy might be hanging out in the Q and maybe James never leaves. The Allen the Cavs would get this year is almost purely a shooter who struggles guarding most players but still has a huge amount of veteran moxy.
How much impact do you think Allen could have?