The Washington Wizards have expressed interest in signing future hall of famer Ray Allen to their 15th and final roster spot. The Wizards contacted Allen early on in the free agent process to gauge his interest in signing with the club, CSNWashington Wizards insider J. Michael reports. One caveat is that the 39-year-old Allen has yet to inform his agent Jim Tanner if he even intends on playing a 19th NBA season.
Allen could be a great potential fit for Washington as not only a poised sharp-shooter off the bench, but also as a mentor to young Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal, who many analyst’s suggest has a comparable game to Allen’s. Allen would also potentially be joining his former Boston Celtics teammate Paul Pierce, whom he played with from 2007-2012 and won his first NBA championship.
The Wizards are not the only team trying to pursue Allen’s services for next season. The Cleveland Cavaliers, LA Clippers, and the San Antonio Spurs have all reached out to Allen’s camp with the hope of luring him to their respective teams. If Allen does decide to play next season, the Wizards could be a potentially nice fit as an under-the-radar Eastern Conference contender. Allen joining the Wizards is a long shot at best, but the Wizards have to feel good to no longer be basement dwellers and actually participating in bidding wars for a player of Allen’s caliber.