Three trades for Ray Allen

Allen could be the missing piece the Clippers need to make a run

Originally Published: March 16, 2012
By John Carroll | ESPN Insider
Ray AllenBrian Babineau/NBAE/Getty ImagesRay Allen could give the Clippers a boost in scoring and veteran leadership.

The NBA trade deadline sits just hours away. Fittingly, the action seems as compressed as the regular season has been. There are 30 general managers playing poker right now not wanting to show their hands. In Boston, it is no different, and the next few hours could be either the last attempt at a championship run or the start of a total rebuild of the Celtics.

While Rajon Rondo has earned the most attention in recent days and rumors, it is Ray Allen who has the best chance of being traded. With his impending free agency, he is the perfect "rent-a-player" for a team looking to go on a championship run.

The former All-Star shooting guard can still space the court, knock down shots and defend at a decent level. Allen has kept himself in tremendous physical condition and has said he would love to play another two or three years.

For much of the days leading up to the deadline, Celtics boss Danny Ainge has found little interest in any of his Big Three -- Allen, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce. Ainge is in a tough situation because to trade any one of those players, he needs to receive in return something that at least symbolizes or resembles equal value for a possible future Hall of Famer. So he could be asking for too much.

However, it might be a situation where Ainge could use Allen to pry away a talented, yet underachieving player whose value has dipped but still has great upside.

And with Twitter aflutter with rumors that Allen has gained some interest among some contenders, here are some three trade scenarios that could be possibilities for Allen.

1. Los Angeles Clippers trade Eric Bledsoe, Randy Foye and Brian Cook and a possible future second-round pick


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John Carroll joined Scouts Inc. after nine years as an NBA coach, including a seven-year tenure with the Boston Celtics that concluded with a four-month stint as interim head coach in 2003-04. Before joining the NBA, Carroll spent six years as head coach at Duquesne University and seven years at Seton Hall as an assistant to head coach P.J. Carlesimo.