Jorge Sedano of the MIAMI HERALD reports today that, according to a source, LeBron James has spoken to Boston Celtics free agent Ray Allen in a bid to land the shooting guard for the Miami Heat in the event James, Raptors forward Chris Bosh and Miami Heat free agent Dwyane Wade agree to join the Heat together.
Though Sedano, who is also morning drive host for 790 The Ticket in Miami, added that Allen hasn’t ruled out a return to the Celtics - on one condition.
According to the source, Allen has spoken to James and would consider joining said, “Dream Team.” Along with possibly taking less money if it was the perfect opportunity.
The source tells me that Allen’s preference is to remain with the Celtics, but that’s predicated on Paul Pierce remaining with the team. The money is not a huge factor. Winning more championships is the most important factor.
One last factor the source close to Allen mentioned was that Ray’s mother lives in Orlando, and he would not mind being closer to his family.
(Miami President Pat) Riley is also intrigued with signing Boston’s Ray Allen to get a shooter on the floor with Wade.
As for Bosh, Dan Le Batard, also of the Herald and 790 The Ticket is reporting today that a sign-and-trade between Toronto and Miami that would send Bosh to the Heat has been agreed upon “in principle” - with Heat forward Michael Beasley and others being shipped to Toronto as part of the deal.
Miami Heat beat writer Ira Winderman of the SOUTH FLORIDA SUN-SENTINEL also noted today, via an NBA agent source, that Bosh is “expected to land” in Miami after a Heat trade with Toronto.
The reporting is becoming more and more credible - and specific - as the LeBron sweepstakes play out. As I’ve said, too many moving parts to predict what might happen.
There’s also a chance James is floating the Miami thing out in the media to see gauge the outrage quotient as it pertains to the perception of him abandoning Cleveland. So far, outside of Cleveland, there’s been little to no negative reaction that I’ve detected.
Not a good sign for the Cavaliers.