San Antonio Spurs Offer Ray Allen What No Other NBA Team Can

The San Antonio Spurs rarely make epic free-agent splashes, but they’ve been known to add the occasional veteran role player.

Could unrestricted free agent Ray Allen follow in the footsteps of previous summer additions along the lines of Michael Finley and Antonio McDyess?’s Marc Stein seems to believe there’s a chance.

He reports that, “Sources told this week that the Spurs and Clippers have emerged as two more rivals for the Cavaliers to worry about as Cleveland continues to try to lure Allen away from the Miami Heat.”

Stein adds that, “The Dallas Mavericks, sources say, are yet another top Western Conference team to register interest in Allen this summer and there are believed to be more teams chasing him that have yet to be identified.”

A note of caution is in order, however.

Indeed, Allen has been anything but committal since becoming a free agent after spending two seasons with the Miami Heat

“As Ray has previously stated, he is taking this time to make a decision whether or not he will play next season,” agent Jim Tanner said in an August statement, per USA TODAY Sports. “Any reports otherwise are false.”

Allen has sounded a similar tune.

“It’s August, and I don’t want to rush to judgment,” Allen said, according to the Hartford Courant‘s Dom Amore. “I want to get to September and see how I really feel.”

So the Spurs’ odds of acquiring the iconic sharpshooter hinge in part on whether he decides to delay retirement another year. Competing with Allen’s likely temptation to join LeBron James’ Cleveland Cavaliers reasons to be another obstacle.

But Allen’s intentions remain indeterminate enough for San Antonio to hold out hope.

“There’s so much speculation about me going to Cleveland,” Allen told the Boston Herald‘s Mark Murphy. “I haven’t even decided where I will play. Obviously LeBron and I are great friends, and James Jones and I are really close. But at no point have those two tried to push me in that direction. I haven’t had that conversation.”

Allen added, “I have not leaned towards Cleveland. I have not made any mention of going to Cleveland. These last two months were about me physically, and deciding whether I want to play again.”

As Murphy notes, “Allen is weighing family concerns and a major question of whether he wants to retire in prime physical shape, or whether he wants to chase his third NBA title.”

And that’s where the Spurs barge their way into the conversation. 

While one could certainly argue that the Cavaliers and Clippers both offer comparable chances at that third title, San Antonio is coming off the fifth championship in franchise history and appears to be in prime condition to vie for another one.

It may take Cleveland some time to develop title-caliber chemistry between its established superstars (James and Kevin Love) and their younger counterparts (Kyrie Irving, Dion Waiters and Tristan Thompson).

Meanwhile, Los Angeles has been ousted from the conference semifinals in two of the last three seasons—and from the opening round in 2013.

The Spurs have made two consecutive appearances in the NBA Finals and came within two conference-finals victories of doing so in 2012. 

Point guard Tony Parker remains in the prime of his career, scoring and facilitating as well as virtually any floor general in the business. At 38 years old, Tim Duncan returns for at least one more season while aging with remarkable grace and making an All-Star-caliber impact on both ends of the floor.

And while sixth man Manu Ginobili remains a lethal weapon for 20-25 minutes per contest, the Spurs can increasingly rely on the emergence of Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard—a 23-year-old boasting elite defensive skills and a suddenly robust offensive game replete with perimeter shooting, driving ability and a rapidly improving in-between game.

This team’s core should be attractive to Allen. A platoon of capable role players (Danny Green, Boris Diaw, Tiago Splitter, Marco Belinelli and—when healthy—Patty Mills) should ensure San Antonio remains the deepest team in the business, with or without Allen.

But there certainly reasons to be room enough for a veteran winner who has a knack for nailing timely three-pointers.

Though Allen turned 39 this summer, he’s still in fantastic shape and proved plenty relevant during Miami’s most recent postseason march.

After averaging 9.6 points per contest and converting on 37.5 percent of his three-pointers during the regular season, the Connecticut product was at times lethal in the playoffs—averaging 13 points against the Brooklyn Nets and notching double-figure points three time against the Indiana Pacers.

Beyond offering Allen an opportunity to win now, San Antonio can also guarantee a role in which he’d thrive.

Allen’s bread and butter remains the corner three-ball, as attested to by last season’s shot chart.

As’s Couper Moorhead noted back in 2012, “It just so happens that there may be no better floor spacer, nor a better mover without the ball, than Allen.”

Then-teammate Shane Battier made a similar observation in 2012, specifically noting the spacing value of those corner bombs.

“That’s the kind of decisions we want teams to make,” Battier said, per’s Tom Haberstroh. “Not a fun decision. The corner three is an absolute killer. If you allow it, you’re in trouble. If you defend it, you’re in business. The threat of it can be just as potent as the actual shot…If we’re making shots, especially from the corner, the lanes are going to open up.”

Good as Battier himself was from those corners, it’s hard to find anyone better than Allen—as Spurs fans remember all too well from a certain shot in the 2013 NBA Finals.

Allen’s lethality from sideline to sideline makes his fit in San Antonio all the better.

Per, the Spurs made 42.3 percent of their threes from the left corner (sixth league-wide) and 39.3 percent of their attempts from the right corner (15th league-wide). Given the volume of shots attempted from those locations, San Antonio’s success rate is especially impressive.

There’s little doubt it would be even more impressive with Allen in the fold.

Interest aside, there’s certainly little guarantee Allen winds up in silver and black. In addition to the competition for his services, San Antonio has little roster flexibility.

As Stein notes, “The Spurs, meanwhile, have only one open roster spot at the moment,” and centers Gustavo Ayon and Aron Baynes remain candidates to take that spot.

Still, San Antonio has its full mid-level exception available. That’s something neither the Cavaliers nor Clippers can offer. Allen’s decision probably won’t come down to money alone at this point in his storied career, but a little extra couldn’t hurt.

The Spurs whiffed in their pursuit of free-agent big man Pau Gasol (who eventually signed with the Chicago Bulls this summer), and they may well come up short with Allen.

Hopefully it won’t be for a lack of trying.

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Spurs, Clippers pursuing Ray Allen

The San Antonio Spurs and Los Angeles Clippers have emerged as possible destinations for Ray Allen. Allen is still deciding whether or not he will retire, but he has been widely expected to join LeBron James with the Cleveland Cavaliers should he continue his playing career. Doc Rivers is a natural recruiter for Allen given their time together with the Boston Celtics. The Spurs have one roster spot available.

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Allen satisfied with trespass charges for teens

Ray Allen has been advised that Miami-Dade County will pursue charges against seven teens.



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Ray Allen — City Attorney Demands Law Change … After NBA Star’s Home Invasion

The 7 teens who entered Ray Allen’s Florida home while his wife and children were asleep inside SHOULD HAVE been arrested … so says the Coral Gables City Attorney who tells TMZ Sports he’s gunning to change the laws so he can lock up trespassers in the future.

The backstory is crazy … the teens were partying at a nearby home last week when they decided to waltz into Allen’s home because they thought he was in Cleveland with LeBron James.

When they got inside … after opening an unlocked door … they were confronted by Allen’s wife who screamed at the group to leave. So, they did.

Cops were called and officials found the teens — who allegedly admitted to trespassing. Problem is … because of the way the law is written in FL, cops couldn’t arrest them.

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Ray Allen satisfied with trespassing charges for 7 teens

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NBA Rumors: Rounding Up Buzz for Greg Monroe, Ray Allen and Leandro Barbosa

The NBA offseason is beginning to wind down, which means the steady flood of rumors from earlier in the summer is now only a small dribble.

Almost all of the major dominoes have fallen, leaving teams to tie up whatever loose ends are remaining before training camp begins.

It seems like this summer has dragged on and on as LeBron James, Chris Bosh, Carmelo Anthony and the marquee free agents all decided where they’d sign. Now everybody’s waiting on the Kevin Love-Andrew Wiggins deal.

Just think, only a couple more months, and the fun really begins. The 2014-15 regular season will be here before you know it.

Until then, whet your NBA appetite with some of the more recent rumblings throughout the league.


Greg Monroe

Everybody pretty much knows that Greg Monroe isn’t thrilled with staying in Detroit. By signing the qualifying offer with the Pistons, Monroe is essentially trading what could be a massive payday now for having control over his own free agency in the future. It’s a small risk, albeit a worthwhile one.

What some might not have known is how much Monroe and his agent, David Falk, worked behind the scenes to get out of Detroit, per Michael Lee of The Washington Post:

Monroe and his agent, David Falk, never sought an offer sheet from another team but pursued sign-and-trade proposals with at least five other teams, including Portland and Oklahoma City, according to person familiar with the discussions. Monroe denied receiving a reported five-year, $60 million offer—or anything close—from Pistons and would’ve been unlikely to accept either way.

What seems a bit odd is that Monroe would try to get traded to the Trail Blazers or Thunder, both of whom already have marquee power forwards in LaMarcus Aldridge and Serge Ibaka. He’d have had a better chance of winning, but playing time would be an obvious concern.

Monroe has made the best of a bad situation, though, by signing the qualifying offer. It kinda stinks that he’ll have a lame-duck season in Detroit, but it will all be worth it next summer when he’s an unrestricted free agent.


Ray Allen

One of the last remaining deals the Cleveland Cavaliers haven’t quite locked up is signing Ray Allen. Yahoo Sports’ Marc J. Spears reported that that may not be the case much longer:

ESPN’s Chris Broussard reported a couple of weeks ago that the 39-year-old will in fact play next year rather than retire. Publicly, Allen is giving off a different vibe.

“It’s August and I don’t want to rush to judgment,” he said. “I want to get to September and see how I really feel.”

You could understand why Allen might want to retire. He’s done everything he possibly could in the league, and he’s got more than enough money to live comfortably for the rest of his life.

But he could play a role on the Cavs if he decided to play one more year. Cleveland looks to be the best team in the Eastern Conference as well, so the opportunity to win another title is there.

He’d be a nice addition for the Cavaliers. He can space the floor on the court and provide invaluable NBA Finals experience in the locker room and on the sidelines. If the Cavs can wrap this deal up, they’ll have had about as good a summer as they could’ve hoped for.


Leandro Barbosa

If you haven’t seen the Miami Heat’s depth chart on lately, Dwyane Wade is listed as the only shooting guard. Given the state of Wade’s knees, that might not be the best plan for the Heat in the regular season. Can Chris Andersen play the 2?

Miami might remedy this problem by signing Leandro Barbosa.

Basketball Insiders’ Alex Kennedy reported that “mutual interest” exists between the two parties regarding a deal:

Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel also reported that the Heat are potentially looking at Barbosa but that he isn’t the only player they’re considering:

A source familiar with the situation said Barbosa is on the Heat’s radar, but is one of several veterans the Heat are considering, with no signing imminent.

Barbosa, 31, had an uneven 31-game stint last season with the Phoenix Suns. A combo guard, Barbosa could potentially address the Heat’s lack of veteran experience behind Wade, with journeyman free agent Reggie Williams recently signed to add depth at the position. Heat President Pat Riley has also mentioned Chalmers as an option for minutes at shooting guard.

The Heat kinda have their backs against the wall financially. They can’t offer anything more than the veteran minimum, so they have to work within those parameters.

With that in mind, Barbosa isn’t a bad player to target. He wasn’t great with the Phoenix Suns last year, averaging 7.5 points and 1.6 assists in 18.4 minutes a game, but he’s an experienced combo guard who would add depth to the Heat’s rotation.

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NBA Rumors: Latest Buzz Surrounding Ray Allen, Leandro Barbosa and More

The beginning of the NBA offseason is a hopeful time, and the news around the league is dominated by youth. Specifically, the rookies and young players that are tasked with becoming breakout stars in the league. Then, there is the free-agent period, where the league’s biggest stars, both young and old, find their new squads.

Eventually, the rumor cycle returns to teams piecing together their final squads with the veterans still up for grabs on the open market. As is often the case, the veterans still looking for new teams are older players who are no longer looking to transform teams, but complement existing hierarchies.

Here is the latest on a few veteran NBAers who could soon find new homes in the best basketball league on the planet.


Cavs Hope to Sign Ray Allen

The Cleveland Cavaliers might have made a big splash on Sunday, as they are reportedly set to sign veteran forward Shawn Marion, per ESPN’s Marc Stein:

This isn’t the end of the Cavaliers’ quest to construct a championship-caliber roster around LeBron James. According to Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports, the Cavs are still hoping they can complete the veteran coup and sign Ray Allen:

The addition of Marion is an important move, but Allen’s capture could turn the Cavaliers into one of the deepest teams in the league, assuming the potential blockbuster trade for Kevin Love is indeed completed.

There may be legitimate interest on Allen’s part, as Dom Amore of The Hartford Courant reported that the 10-time All-Star has asked a prominent basketball figure about Cavaliers head coach David Blatt:

It would also reunite Allen with James; the pair won the 2013 NBA championship together as members of the Miami Heat. Allen’s veteran leadership could push Dion Waiters to reach new heights as a player.

Both project as 2-guards in the Cavaliers lineup, but Allen is still a much better outside-shooting threat than Waiters, although the latter player is much younger and has more to offer overall.

If Waiters can continue to make similar strides in shooting under Allen’s watchful eye, the Cavaliers will become that much more dangerous next season.


Leandro Barbosa Looks To Impress NBA Teams

According to’s Shams Charania, 31-year-old combo guard Leandro Barbosa has been in discussions with a few NBA teams regarding a potential free-agent deal.

Barbosa spent the majority of the 2013-14 season playing for Esporte Clube Pinheiros in his native Brazil, but eventually returned to play for the Phoenix Suns in early 2014. The speedy swingman played well upon his return to the States, averaging 7.5 points and 1.6 assists in 18.4 minutes per contest last season.

“I don’t know what owners think about the World Cup, but hopefully I do a great job over there and a team sees,” Barbosa said, via Charania. “I feel healthy and my body is feeling healthy. If I have free agency in my mind, I won’t be able to be myself on the court. Hopefully, I sign a contract and I’ll be happy.”

Barbosa may have to prove to teams that he can still shoot from outside during the FIBA World Cup. He sports a career 39.0 shooting percentage from beyond the arc, but shot just 28.0 percent from downtown in his 20 games with the Suns last season, per

If the Cavaliers can’t sign Allen and Barbosa proves he can still shoot, the Brazilian might actually be a solid backup option for the team. He’s still relatively young for a veteran free-agent looking for another payday, although if his athleticism has drastically declined it could definitely hurt his overall effectiveness as a player.


E’Twaun Moore Reportedly Set to Sign With Chicago Bulls

The Chicago Bulls are banking on a rejuvenated Pau Gasol and an injury-free Derrick Rose to compete with the Cavaliers for bragging rights in a watered-down Eastern Conference. Like the Cavs, they are still looking to flesh out the final roster, and it appears E’Twaun Moore could be the part of the equation.

According to Mary Stevens of NBC’s Sports Talk Florida, Moore will sign with the Bulls “in the next few days.”

Moore isn’t a blockbuster signing, but he is a smart one, so long as it is a cheaper, short-term contract. The Bulls can’t bank on Rose staying healthy for the entirety of the 2014-15 season, which makes Moore a solid signing in terms of adding depth and balance to the squad. 

Basketball writer and Vice Sports contributor Kevin Ferrigan likes Moore’s game:

Moore is a three-year NBA veteran. He last played for the Orlando Magic, where he averaged 7.1 points, 2.0 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game over two seasons, per 

The 6’4″ Purdue product is capable of playing at both the point and 2-guard. The Bulls backcourt lacks size behind Rose, and Moore has a solid mid-range shooting touch. He shot 43.8 percent on two-pointers beyond 16 feet in 2013-14, per 

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Allen Iverson Takes Pictures with Girl at Club, She Has No Idea Who He Is

Allen Iverson was considered one of the greatest NBA players of the previous decade, but some people apparently don’t know who the 39-year-old is.

One woman recently took a picture with Iverson at a club and posted it on Instagram with the caption, “They told me he was famous, but idk who tf he is.” 

A fellow Instagram user quickly chimed in to educate her.

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NBA Rumors: Latest Kevin Love Trade Analysis, Ray Allen Buzz and More

We have reached the doldrum period of the NBA offseason. The fever pitch of the first week of July has slowed to the faintest of trickles, with even the most mundane rumors and news getting its own wave of analysis.

We’re probably a week away from a minimum-salaried veteran earning his own 3,000-word blog post on the 10 minutes per night he’s going to receive. The FIBA World Cup in Spain cannot come soon enough. Or, at the very least, maybe the NBA could give fans a nugget of information on the 2014-15 schedule. Anything to satiate the desires of the basketball-adoring public.

Looking down the barrel of the rumor mill leaves little more than rehashes of stories that have been carried out through the summer. There is finally some level of tangible news with the futures of Kevin Love and Ray Allen, though most have expected the answers we received for a while now. There has honestly been more overseas movement than in the NBA over the last 24 hours.

Which is just fine unless you rely on the league’s rumor mill to churn out fresh content like piping-hot butter. For now, the never-dying rumor mill seems to have taken a brief slumber. With that in mind, let’s just take a quick look at the Love-Allen situation and break down a few other things that are hanging in the ether. 


Kevin Love Trade Agreed Upon in Principle

Everyone go high-five your neighbors. After months of being the NBA’s most-discussed storyline, Love is on the precipice of being only part of the NBA’s most-discussed storyline. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports confirmed the league’s worst-kept secret last week: Love will be traded to Cleveland on or right after Aug. 23 in exchange for Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett, a first-round pick and likely some salary flotsam.

As Brian Windhorst and Marc Stein of ESPN noted, this deal has been in the works for more than a month. While not a requirement of LeBron James’ “Coming Home” spiel, there was background knowledge that this would be a possibility. Leaving Bennett and Wiggins out of the Sports Illustrated letter shows the level of calculation that’s been going on here for a while.

The Love trade has been dissected to the point where everyone can analyze it shorthand. I’ve already written countless times on the subject. Those articles can be found on the World Wide Web. To recap: What the Cavs/LeBron are doing to Wiggins and his career development is pretty unfair. Cleveland also has to jump at the opportunity to land one of the league’s 10 best players. Minnesota needs to jump at the opportunity land someone who may be one of the league’s 10 best players someday. 

It’s all a perfect storm that creates an instant Eastern Conference favorite in Cleveland. For all of the bloviation you’ll hear from analysts and the passionate sect of Bulls fans who think 2014 Pau Gasol is 2007 Pau Gasol, the Cavs become hands down the best team this side of the Mississippi.

Love, James and Kyrie Irving rival Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka for the most talented Big Three in basketball, and Cleveland’s tertiary pieces are quietly pretty decent. Dion Waiters, for all his mental foibles, is actually quite an accomplished catch-and-shoot player. Waiters also came into the NBA garnering Dwyane Wade comparisons—whatever that’s worth.

Anderson Varejao, when healthy, combines with Love to give Cleveland one of the league’s best passing frontcourts. The Cavs are going to lead the league in offensive efficiency. It’s almost impossible to envision another scenario.

Where they’ll struggle is on the other end of the floor, where neither Varejao nor Love can protect the rim at an elite level. Losing Wiggins also eliminates an elite perimeter defender next to James. One of the byproducts of adding Love is that it weirdly makes James’ job a little more difficult from a two-way sense.

But there’s a difference between “title favorite” and “conference favorite.” The West remains head and shoulders above the East. The Cavs‘ flaws would face a much higher exposure rate in seven games against, say, the Clippers than they will against a Chicago roster with its host of problems. Something tells me the virtual watercooler will be arguing about this for the rest of summer.


Ray Allen Coming Back, Possibly Joining Love and LeBron in Cleveland

Again, not the best-kept secret in the world. ESPN’s Chris Broussard reported Allen has been telling people close to him that he plans on playing next season, though the destination is not entirely decided. 

Cleveland stands as a front-runner, but its lack of cap flexibility might be a turnoff. Allen, a 10-time All-Star and future Hall of Famer, would have to take a veteran’s minimum salary to follow his friend to Northeast Ohio.

Then again, Allen’s camp has been strident in their denials of any such decision being made. 

“As Ray has previously stated, he is taking this time to make a decision whether or not he will play next season,” Allen’s agent, Jim Tanner, told USA Today. “Any reports otherwise are false.”

I’d still say it’s a pretty safe bet Allen winds up back on an NBA floor next season. Despite a regression into full-on turnstile mode defensively, the greatest shooter in league history remains just that. Allen knocked down 37.5 percent of his three-point jumpers in 2013-14, which ranks among the worst rates of his career but still puts him in an above-average class.

It also cannot be understated what Allen’s presence can do for an offense. A decade-and-a-half of killing opposing teams with wide-open jumpers has made defenders skittish. Allen commands a defender near his hip-pocket at all times, which would allow James, Irving and Waiters more room to roam. The Heat averaged 112.7 points per 100 possessions last season when James and Allen shared the floor, a rate that would have led the league by a mile.

Although Broussard‘s report notes it’s possible Allen signs elsewhere, finding a different landing spot is more difficult than you’d think.

The Thunder could throw one of their exceptions Allen’s way, but they’re already teetering on the edge of the luxury tax. If Clay Bennett has proven anything, it’s a fundamental opposition to spending a few extra bucks to ensure his team’s continued competitiveness. A team like the Spurs would be interesting if they weren’t already so stacked on the wing.

In all likelihood, Allen and Love will help complete Cleveland’s offseason. Allen will slot in behind Waiters to help offset Wiggins’ departure (at least offensively), and he’ll knock down a whole heaping pile of threes. Again, the Cavs‘ offense is going to be ridiculously good next season.


Lightning Round

Bennett Going to Philly in Love Deal

Despite all logic pointing in the opposite direction, it sure looks that way. Mark Perner of reported the trade of Thaddeus Young for Anthony Bennett will be attached to the Love deal, a move that was speculated about previously.

Understanding all the reasons this is mind-numbingly poor management for the Wolves and a smart move for Sam Hinkie shouldn’t be that hard. Minnesota is being run by Flip Saunders, who is apparently putting his own desire to complete for 35 wins ahead of the franchise’s long-term development.

Hinkie is all about the long-term development—to the point where he seems to actively hate the present. This trade will annoy me when it goes down.


E’Twaun Moore Among Potential Cavs Signees

Categorizing this one under the “I’ll believe it when I see it” category. David Pick of Eurobasket has guard E’Twaun Moore getting “strong consideration” from the Cavs, who seemingly do not realize NBA rosters are limited to 15 players.

Moore averaged 6.3 points and 1.4 assists per game on 42.8 percent shooting last season, his second with the Magic. What adding Moore would accomplish for the Cavs is a little confusing. Matthew Dellavedova had a fine rookie season and will quietly be among Cleveland’s most reliable perimeter defenders. Moore and Dellavedova might be able to reliably defend second-team perimeter players, but neither are great scorers. This seems more like a backup-to-the-backup-plan deal.


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