A few quick postscripts on the Heat’s signing of Ray Allen:
### Once he signs July 11, Allen will give Miami 12 players under contract. And there’s a decent chance Rashard Lewis becomes the 13th. Lewis is visiting Sunday, and now that Miami has given its $3.1 million exception to Allen, Lewis likely would not object to taking a minimum salary from the Heat --- unless another attractive team offers substantially more.
Lewis has told associates that he’s not hung up over salary because he’s making $13.7 million in a Hornets buyout this coming season. He also has told associates that Miami very much appeals to him.
Unless the Spurs and Knicks swoop in with a better offer, I like Miami’s chances here.
### (UPDATE: PLEASE SEE MY SATURDAY AFTERNOON POST, TO THE LEFT OF THIS, ABOUT MARCUS CAMBY POSTPONING HIS VISIT, ACCORDING TO SOURCES): Marcus Camby says he is visiting Saturday, but he has made clear he’s not interested in a minimum deal. Unless Camby gets no better offers, the only way Miami gets him is through a sign-and-trade with Houston. It wouldn’t be surprising if Pat Riley dangled Joel Anthony, who has three years left on a five-year, $18 million deal. The Rockets' interest in that could hinge partly on whether Chicago matches the Rockets' three-year, $25 million offer to Omer Asik.
The Heat and Knicks hold particular appeal to Camby. But the Heat will be fine with or without him, because Miami proved in the playoffs how effective it can be when it plays with just one natural power rotation player.
### LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, who lobbied Allen all week on Twitter, responded quickly to the news of his decision. “Heat Nation, please welcome our newest teammate, Ray Allen,” James said. James then tweeted out a picture of Allen in a Heat jersey with the words: "Welcome! Looks fitting."
Wade tweeted: “Heat Nation Continues to Grow.”
### Then there was Hornets guard Jarrett Jack, who tweeted: “Am I wrong for thinking Ray Allen is a traitor for signing with his rival team?” Yes, Jarrett.
### James obviously doesn’t buy that logic. Before Jack sent his tweet, James told reporters at the Olympic team basketball practice in Las Vegas: “We’re not stealing him. He’s unrestricted. He isn’t with nobody, man. Who wouldn’t want a dead-eye shooter like that, a complete professional and a champion?”
### Not only was Allen thoroughly impressed by the Heat’s presentation (hardly a surprise), but if you believe a Yahoo report, a big factor in him leaving was a fractured relationship with Rajon Rondo.
### One of 1000 positives of Allen's signing: The Heat can cut back Wade’s minutes a tad, from 33.2 last season. That will prolong his career in the long run.
### Difficult to envision Norris Cole getting regular minutes with this roster, because Erik Spoelstra can now give all of the backcourt minutes to Wade, Allen and Mario Chalmers. Mike Miller's minutes also would be impacted if he is able to play next season. A decision on whether Miller will need back surgery will be made later this month.
For a full report on Allen's signing, see my story on the sports home page.