LeBron James has been trying his very best to get former Miami Heat teammate Ray Allen to join him at the Cleveland Cavaliers, it has been revealed.
According to a report from ESPN, while James was in Miami recovering and rehabbing from the injuries that have hampered him this season, he also took some time off to do a spot of recruiting.
During James' Miami jaunt, the four-time MVP met with free-agent guard Allen to try to appeal to the league's all-time leader in 3-pointers about joining the Cavs this season as they make a push for an NBA title in James' first season back in his home state.
"Apart from James’ face-to-face meeting with Allen, several other members of the Cavs have kept in contact with the shooting guard this season — James Jones and Mike Miller, who were also Allen’s teammates in Miami, as well as associate head coach Tyronn Lue, who was an assistant coach for the Boston Celtics when Allen played there." - Dave McMenamin, ESPN.
It's not yet known if LeBron was successful or not in convincing Allen if Cleveland was the place to be, with multiple other teams interested in the former Boston Celtics star.
Allen is expected to decide in the coming weeks if he fancies a return to the NBA for a 19th season or not. He has recently mentioned that he is staying in shape, but wouldn’t expand no his comments when pressed.
If Allen returns he will have plenty of suitors with the San Antonio Spurs, Los Angeles Clippers, Golden State Warriors and other contenders all having made their interest known to Jesus Shuttlesworth. Despite this, the Cavs are favourites right now thanks purely to Allen's familiarity with LeBron, Jones and Miller.