When it comes to additions that the New York Knicks could make during the NBA offseason, shooting guard Ray Allen seems like a great idea. Allen is a free agent as his contract with the Boston Celtics comes to a close and he could start looking for a new place to call home. It's possible that the Knicks could entice him to come to Madison Square Garden, giving the team a great option from three-point range.
There are a lot of things that have to fall right for the Knicks to acquire Allen, beginning with the Celtics deciding to reshape that roster. If Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Rajon Rondo are on board for another run towards the Eastern Conference Playoffs, Allen would likely be willing to re-sign for another season as well. The Celtics could afford to pay him more than any other franchise and it would make the decision much easier for Allen.
Even if Allen becomes a free agent, several other teams could offer better contracts to grab the veteran, possibly even extending a multi-year deal just to entice him to sign. The Knicks can basically only offer the veteran's minimum of $1.4 million per season to Allen. For most of us that is a lot of money, but he could likely get at least twice that from nearly every other team in the NBA. He would have to really want to come to New York for the veteran's minimum to become enough of an enticement.
Last season for the Celtics, Allen averaged 14.2 points per game while shooting 45.8 percent from the field. He got slowed by injuries, but could come back stronger for the 2012-23 NBA season after undergoing a surgery to remove bone spurs. He also made $10 million though, showing that he has been quite comfortable in eight-digits with his last deal. Teams like the Los Angeles Clippers, Miami Heat or even the Minnesota Timberwolves could pop up as franchises that are willing to bring in Allen.
Sure, it's a long shot to think that the Knicks could acquire Allen, but he is certainly a player that could really help spread the floor for the team and provide a lot of offense during spurts.
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*Ryan Christopher DeVault is a fan of the New York Knicks that has followed the team since the days John Starks, Charles Oakley, and Anthony Mason instilled their defensive will on the rest of the league.
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