Sources: Allen torn on decision
Free agent Ray Allen left his meeting with the Miami Heat on Thursday night without giving them an answer on their contract offer and is torn on whether to leave the Boston Celtics, sources told ESPN.com on Friday.
Allen had an afternoon meeting with Heat president Pat Riley and coach Erik Spoelstra and then went to dinner with them and other members of the team's front office. The Heat offered Allen their mid-level exception, which starts at $3.09 million -- or half of what the Celtics are offering Allen over two seasons.
Also on Friday, LeBron James spoke about the Heat's pursuit of Allen while working out with Team USA in Las Vegas:
"I haven't talked to Ray," James said when asked what his sales pitch was to Allen after Team USA's first scrimmage Friday afternoon in Las Vegas. "My sales pitch is we're trying to win a championship every year and we got the pieces to do it. He'd be a great addition to our team. We would love to have him. He would play a big role in us trying to repeat and we'll see what happens. Ray is a veteran guy, he understands what it means to win a championship and hopefully he'll want to do it with us."
James believes it would be easy for Allen to come in and mesh with the Heat right away.
"He's a champion, so we would love to add him,"James said. "He would fit right in with us. We're a team that likes to move the ball and also we're a team that likes to penetrate and kick out to our shooters so with Mike Miller and Shane Battier, if we can add Ray it would add another dimension to our team that can benefit us."
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(Updated at 8:30 p.m with James' comments)
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