MIAMI (AP) -- The NBA champion Miami Heat will get to make their sales pitch to Ray Allen.
A person familiar with Allen's plans told The Associated Press that the free-agent shooting guard will visit with Heat officials Thursday. Allen also is scheduled to visit Friday with the Los Angeles Clippers, according to the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because the plans were not announced.
Allen is one of Miami's top offseason targets, so much so that even NBA MVP LeBron James tweeted last week that he hopes to play alongside him next season. For that to happen, Allen would have to take less money than he almost certainly could make elsewhere.
Miami can offer Allen only the mini mid-level exception worth just more than 3 million for next season, or roughly half what the Boston Celtics are willing to pay to keep the NBA's leading 3-point shooter. Still, Allen's willingness to even listen to Heat President Pat Riley suggests that Miami's financial limits may not be a deterren...