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NBA notebook: Ray Allen to visit Miami Heat

Associated Press The NBA champion Miami Heat will get to make their sales pitch to Ray Allen. The free-agent shooting guard will visit with Heat officials Thursday. Allen also is scheduled to visit Friday with the Los Angeles Clippers. Allen is one of Miami’s top offseason targets. NBA MVP LeBron James tweeted last week that he hopes to play alongside him next season. For that to happen, Allen would have to take less money than he almost certainly could make elsewhere. Miami can offer Allen only the mini midlevel exception, worth just more than $3 million for next season, or roughly half what the Boston Celtics are willing to pay to keep the NBA’s leading 3-point shooter. Still, Allen’s willingness to even listen to Heat President Pat Riley suggests that Miami’s financial limits may not be a deterrent to a deal. Allen has made at least 100 3-pointers in 15 of his 16 seasons, the lone exception being when he connected on 74 in the shortened 50-game schedule of 1998-99. He’s established career-bests for accuracy in each of the past two seasons, first making 44 percent of his 3’s in 2010-11, then 45 percent this past year. His 2,718 career 3-pointers are the most in NBA history. The Heat made just under 36 percent of their 3-point attempts this season.

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