Some brief notes on free agency:
• The Hawks have apparently agreed to offer Shaq their full mid-level exception, even though the value of the mid-level is not yet in place, according to FanHouse. (Hat tip: The less-than-enthused Hoopinion).
If Shaq demands the full mid-level, Boston should pass.
• A. Sherrod Blakely caught up with Danny Ainge and Doc Rivers at summer league in Orlando, and Ainge confirmed the team has initiated talks with Tony Allen:
Ainge acknowledged that Tony Allen, who played a critical role in Boston’s run towards the NBA Finals this past season, is also a player Boston has had discussions with about coming back.
“We just haven’t come to any agreement,” Ainge told CSNNE.com. “But yes, we’re talking with Tony.”
• Chris Tomasson of FanHouse, also at summer league, reports via Twitter that Boston has made an initial offer to Ray Allen. Years and dollars unknown, though that may not be the case by the time I wake up tomorrow.
Here’s what Doc had to say today about Ray (via the Blakely link above):
“He wants to be a Celtic,” Rivers said. “The problem is, Ray has to do his business. He has to do his job. We’re just hoping that someone doesn’t come out and has so much money to offer, that he basically can’t turn it down.”
Good night, all. Hope you enjoyed the long weekend.