Boston Celtics Trade Rumors: Allen to the Clippers? Pierce Also Draws Interest

 
on March 02 2012 10:43 AM

Boston Celtics shooting guard Ray Allen is drawing interest from multiple teams, some of that interest being from the Los Angeles Clippers, according to A. Sherrod Blakely of New England Cable News.

The Clippers lost shooting guard Chauncey Billups earlier in the month to a season-ending torn left Achilles tendon. Allen could be a viable replacement, providing the accurate shooting that Billups left behind after he went down.

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Allen, the NBA's three-point king, is a career 40 percent shooter from behind the arc, having converted 2682 of 6698 attempts. (Reuters/Mike Stone)

Allen's ability to shoot can probably fit with almost any team, but for the Clippers, it can potentially make them deadlier as the playoffs quickly approach. Before his injury, Billups averaged 15.0 points per game and shot 38 percent from three-point land. Allen, on the other hand, is averaging 14.8 points per game and is shooting 49 percent from behind the arc, which is currently third best in the league.

Trading for the 36-year-old would also benefit monetarily since he has a $10 million expiring contract.

Blakely also reports that besides Allen, forward Paul Pierce also continues to draw much interest from potential trade partners with the trading deadline just two weeks away. Although he still has two years remaining on his contract, teams, especially ones that are just a piece away from being true title contenders, could use his scoring ability and leadership to improve and add depth. Some of those teams include the Clippers, the Los Angeles Lakers and the Houston Rockets.

ESPNBoston.com's Jackie MacMullan reports that the Celtics will continue to listen to offers for all of their players, with Allen continuing to be the main target.

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