Sources: Allen is Heat's top priority

June, 30, 2012
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AP Photo/Lynne SladkyCould Ray Allen consider switching sides and joining the Heat?
With Kevin Garnett back in the fold, the spotlight shifts to Ray Allen, who has been identified as a top priority by the rival Miami Heat. From our friends at the Heat Index:
If the Miami Heat have it their way, they'll have a commitment from Ray Allen within hours of Sunday's start of free agency. The longer the process plays out, the less it may favor them.

The Heat, according to sources, have made Allen their prime offseason target and will pursue him strongly when free agency opens Sunday at 12:01 a.m. ET.

They intend to offer him their $3 million mini-mid-level exception, a chance to win another title and significant playing time as they continue with the plan to play LeBron James as a power forward in the future. Heat players, including James and Dwyane Wade, have been publicly and privately recruiting Allen over the last month.

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