Ray Allen has been without a team for months, but it seems like the former All-Star is finally ready to make his return to the NBA.
According to reports from ESPN, the 39-year old is set to make his decision on which side he wants to join and that the move, to whichever franchise he chooses, will be completed after the All-Star weekend.
He has not played since leaving the Miami Heat at the end of last season but has been keeping in shape and practicing ahead of this mid-season return.
Battling For A Signature
Despite his advanced years, teams are falling over themselves in trying to acquire the veteran shooting guard. These aren't lowly teams who need help either, rather the sides capable at making a serious push to an NBA title.
Numerous teams have been staying in touch with Allen in hopes of signing him, including the Washington Wizards, Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, San Antonio Spurs, Miami Heat, Los Angeles Clippers and, recently, the Atlanta Hawks.
The Cavaliers have been very open about their intentions of signing Allen and getting him in alongside former teammates LeBron James, Mike Miller and James Jones. They have even kept a roster spot open for the three point specialist for the past two months in anticipation of his arrival, with LeBron meeting him in Miami to try and sway his decision.
Hawks Swooping In
But it is the Atlanta Hawks introduction on to the scene that should have LeBron, David Blatt and the rest of the Cavaliers sweating. Atlanta lead the Eastern Conference and will have the easiest route to the Finals playing against lower seeds.
When you add in the fact that they love to shoot the three and the greater role Allen would play in their rotation compared to places like Cleveland and Golden State, it seems that the Hawks could be the team to watch out for in the Ray Allen sweepstakes.
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