Doc Rivers wants Ray Allen back in the green this summer. But after the Celtics shopped the soon-to-be 35 year old this year, there are going to be questions about where he’ll wind up. Saturday, the New York Daily News filed their answer to that question to a certain degree. Reports on the paper’s website Saturday indicated that Allen is “not exactly thrilled” with how Rajon Rondo has taken over the Celtics’ offense and is considering joining Dwyane Wade and/or Chris Bosh in Miami as a free agent.
We can slice this sucker up a few different ways, but let’s take it piece by piece.
It’s extremely unlikely Allen is unhappy with Rajon Rondo’s development. Of all the Celtics, it’s been Allen that’s been most supportive of sharing the ball and of Rondo’s development. Allen has arguably benefited the most from a drive and kick point guard succeeding at a high level, which has taken the pressure off of Allen’s fading dribble-drive penetration game. Allen’s an elite shooter and Rondo has given Allen the opportunity to be the best he can be at that game. Allen has also never expressed the kind of alpha dog mentality hinted at in the Daily News article.
But how about the prospect of joining Bosh and Wade? That’s got to be exciting, right? Except that it essentially makes Allen a bench player, and while he’s not an alpha dog, he’s not exactly submissive, either. Allen knows he can still contribute as a starter as long as his legs get high enough for that jumpshot to release. You could argue that the Heat could move Wade to point, but if you’ve consistently watched the Heat you know that’s a bad plan. The offense runs funky like Windows Vista, and Wade gets worn down having to fend off the point guard pressure at half court and has a hard time getting it back to execute the play.
Finally, Allen, along with Kevin Garnett, has really embraced Boston. He’s made his home in the area, has committed to the community, and has made it clear that he loves the city. Abandoning that, even for sweet retiring spot Miami just doesn’t seem to be in Allen’s make up.
Stranger things have happened though, and if Wade convinces Bosh to join him, every player in the league will be clamoring to join that club. We’ll keep you posted.
Second-year guard Dennis Smith Jr. has been rumored to be on the trade block. The Dallas Mavericks guard hasn’t seen eye-to-eye with coach Rick Carlisle, and several teams have expressed interest in Smith. It appeared that Smith was all set to join another team as part of a swap as we approach the trade deadline.
A report on Sunday on the latest from Dallas has changed all that. According to The Athletic, Smith and Carlisle have had productive talks and the 21-year-old is set to rejoin the team for their game on Tuesday.
Smith hasn’t made the kind of leap the Mavericks were hoping for. Despite an offensive explosion across the league, he hasn’t seen his advanced numbers experience a significant bump. Smith’s flaws are that of a young player — shooting and decision-making — so any additional communication with coaches will be a good thing for him.
Who knows is he and Carlisle can ever heal the wound fully, but it felt too soon to press the eject button on a Top 10 pick like Smith for Mavs fans.
The Los Angeles Lakers have been dealt another injury loss.
Lakers PG Lonzo Ball, part of the young core the team is trying to develop around LeBron James, suffered an ankle sprain against the Houston Rockets on Saturday. The team release via their website said Ball would be re-evaluated but could mis 4-6 weeks.
Lakers guard Lonzo Ball, who was injured in last night’s game at Houston, underwent an MRI which revealed a Grade 3 left ankle sprain. Ball is expected to miss 4-6 weeks and updates will be provided as appropriate.
Ball had to be carried from the court after he collided with James Ennis during a play in the third quarter. Ball appeared to step on Ennis’ foot when the Rockets player tried to cut him off from the basket.
LA has had a rough go of it since LeBron injured his groin some 13 games ago. The Lakers have also been without Rajon Rondo, and have had a tough time winning games. The team, once thoroughly in the playoff race, has now dipped to ninth place in the West.
James and Rondo have been cleared for basketball activities, and they need their veteran leadership now more than ever heading into the All-Star break.
Dwyane Wade is a Chicago native but the Miami Heat guard only played in the Windy City for a short amount of time. Wade was a member of the Chicago Bulls for 60 games in 2016-17 despite having signed a massive contract with the team in July of 2016.
Wade is now back where he belongs in Miami, and he’s been on a bit of a farewell tour across the NBA. As such, the Bulls felt it prudent to show a little tribute video for Wade before the final game he was to play at United Center.
How Bulls fans feel about Wade probably depends on who you ask, but a tribute video from the organization is a classy touch no matter what.
Wade has done jersey swaps with players around the league and in Chicago he got a special one: Benny the Bull.
There’s been a lot of clever NBA All-Star marketing over the years. Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum did a “Napoleon Dynamite”-themed video for his buddy Damian Lillard this season. The Toronto Raptors made a faux-vintage action figure ad for Kawhi Leonard.
Now it appears that anime website Crunchyroll is trying to get “One Piece” fans to vote for Oklahoma City Thunder big man Steven Adams.
Adams is a fan of anime, and has professed his admiration for the show “One Piece” before. Adams made mention about how he was watching the show instead of Kevin Durant‘s debut with the Golden State Warriors a while back. In turn, Crunchyroll — a streaming site — made a video trying to get people to vote for Adams in the NBA fan vote.
That’s pretty good, but will it be enough? We know the fan vote gets wild, especially with favorites who are sort of undeserving (Derrick Rose and Luka Doncic come to mind). Could a big push from the anime crowd help Adams, who is an excellent player but who has never been an All-Star, notch his first bid?