Originally written on Pass The Pill  |  Last updated 11/18/14

After losing Game 7 in a very emotional Eastern Conference Finals to the Miami Heat, Danny Ainge faces several key decisions this offseason. One of these decisions has to do with one of the greatest shooters ever, free agent shooting guard Ray Allen. At 36, Allen struggled toward the end of the regular season and the postseason with bone spurs in his ankle. Youngster Avery Bradley thrived in Allen’s absence and is believed to be the starter next year at the shooting guard position.

Ray can still contribute to a championship caliber team, but it’s unsure where he’ll be doing it next year. What kind of money he’ll command is to be seen, but I have a tough time seeing him earning any more than a one or two year contract. Here are six likely destinations for Allen next season, in no particular order.

New York Knicks

This doesn’t seem to make a ton of sense to me; the only reason the Knicks are on this list is because of the recent rumors that they are on Ray’s list. JR Smith returning would not leave a ton of room here for Allen, but Smith may leave in free agency. This just doesn’t strike me as a very good fit. The Knicks need front court depth badly behind Chandler and Amar’e, and that should be their focus in free agency.

Boston Celtics

There’s always a chance that Doc and Danny decided to go for one more run, in which case, Ray could be part of the equation. In my opinion, this is the least likely destination on this list. If the Celtics decide to rebuild, which looks like a strong possibility, Ray is out. Even if they do give it one last shot next year, it’s not a lock that he will be on the team. Avery Bradley’s emergence as a strong two-way player gives the Celtics a strong option at two guard who can run the floor with Rondo. It looks like the Celtics are looking to add younger players on the wing to replace Ray Allen; I’ve heard the names of Danny Green and Alonzo Gee being linked to Boston.

Dallas Mavericks

With Jason Terry potentially leaving in free agency, the Mavs might be in need of a scoring boost in their backcourt. Ray could potentially come off the bench the way Terry did and carry the second unit offensively when Dirk is not on the floor. Allen might not offer the penetration playmaking that Terry does, but he can still provide a lot to the team. Ray might be open to a one or two year deal and another final shot at a championship. Of course, this probably goes out the window if the Mavs pull some strings and acquire prized point guard Deron Williams.

Miami Heat

Like the Knicks, it has been rumored that Ray has interest in joining the New Big 3 in South Beach. Basketball wise, it makes a little bit of sense; Ray could still occupy opposing defenders by running off of screens and provide quality spacing for LeBron and Wade to operate. You have to believe he would have a pretty limited role in Miami, although it could be a very important one. And c’mon now, you can’t tell me he wouldn’t be a big upgrade over Mike Miller. That being said, does anyone really think Ray would betray Doc, Paul, and Kevin to join their biggest enemy? It’s a possibility, although there are certainly some reasonable doubts to be had.

Minnesota Timberwolves

Sounds a little strange at first, doesn’t it? Can you see Ray in a T-Wolves jersey? The fact is, Minnesota badly needs some help on the wing, as their bigs and point guards seem pretty set. Remember, this was a team that was in playoff contention until their star, Kevin Love, got hurt. Look at their roster, and find me a shooting guard that’s any good. Ray would start on this team, and although they wouldn’t quite be title contenders, they could develop into a good playoff team with Love, Rubio, Pekovic, and Ray at their core. At his age, Ray won’t be the long term fix on the wing that the T-Wolves are looking for, but he could certainly help for a year or two.

Los Angeles Clippers

With Nick Young leaving in free agency, the Clippers could potentially have a need for some scoring. As flashy as the Clippers might seem to be, they are awfully thin on offense in the half court at times. Ray would provide a legitimate third scoring option behind CP3 and Blake Griffin. It would also add a proven winner to a team with a good amount of younger players. If nothing else, a Ray signing might prove to Chris Paul that the organization is serious about winning.

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