Allen stays put; Cavs key in on Redd

ESPN is reporting that free-agent guard Ray Allen has chosen to stay in Seattle, agreeing to a five-year, $80 million deal with the Sonics Tuesday morning. The Cavs, Clippers and Hawks were all interested in Allen, considered by many to be the top player available on the free-agent market. What does his decision mean to the Cavaliers? Well, it certainly places a higher premium on luring Michael Redd to Cleveland. Redd reportedly has been the Cavs’ first choice all along, with Allen representing plan B, but now that plan B is no longer an option, plan A becomes all that much more important. If Redd decides to stay with Milwaukee, expect Danny Ferry to go heavily after Joe Johnson and Larry Hughes, the best of the remaining free-agent two-guards, though because Johnson’s a restricted free agent, he’s likely not going anywhere. Hughes would be a nice consolation prize, but let’s hope it doesn’t come to that.

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