June 7, 2012; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Celtics shooting guard Ray Allen (20) works for the ball against Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) during the first half in game six of the Eastern Conference finals of the 2012 NBA playoffs at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-US PRESSWIRE

New York Knicks: Is Celtics' Guard Ray Allen Eyeing the Big Apple?

The NBA’s all-time leader in three-point shots made could be looking to bring his shooting talents to the Big Apple.

According to a report from Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix, future Hall of Famer Ray Allen is interested in joining the New York Knicks. Mannix said via Twitter that the Knicks and Miami Heat top Allen’s wish list.

That’s great news but before you get too excited, it’s very unlikely that the Knicks can afford to bring Allen aboard for the 2013 season.

First comes Wednesday’s hearing about Jeremy Lin and Steve Novak’s Bird right’s. If it doesn’t go in favor of  the Knicks, which is more than likely. If that’s the case, general manager Glen Grunwald will have to use a portion of their $5 million mid-level exception to re-sign Lin. In that case Novak likely walks and there’s very little money left for Grunwald to add to the 2013 team.

June 9, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers talks to Ray Allen (20) against the Miami Heat during the first quarter in game seven of the 2012 NBA Eastern Conference finals at the American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

Even if they get lucky and don’t have to use the MLE to keep Lin, that money will be better spent on a backup point guard and some frontcourt depth.

You also have to consider the upcoming decision of guard J.R. Smith, who must decide soon whether or not to pick up his player option. If he does, naturally there’s less money to spend but the 2-guard spot would already be quite crowded with Smith, Iman Shumpert when he returns and possibly Landry Fields if he’s re-signed.

I’ve always been a big fan of Allen, but it seems very unlikely the Knicks could afford to bring him aboard. With other teams likely to be in on his services, he will get a competitive offer somewhere which will be much more than the veteran minimum the Knicks would need him to sign for.

Grunwald is going to have the tough job of using the little money he has wisely and although it may be nice to see Allen in a Knicks uniform, realistically it’s probably not in the cards at this time.



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