The Ray Allen sweepstakes may have an unexpected suitor. The Minnesota Timberwolves are apparently a "dark horse" behind the Miami Heat and Boston Celtics, according to ESPN's Ric Bucher. The question is whether the Timberwolves can actually legally make Allen an offer.
As ESPN's John Hollinger notes, the Timberwolves already need to create some cap room to fit in Brandon Roy and an offer sheet for Nicolas Batum. Allen could theoretically wait to make his decision until after the Portland Trail Blazers match the offer sheet for Batum, but that seems unlikely. It'll certainly require a lot of creativity to make Allen a legal offer.
The Timberwolves badly need upgrades on the wings regardless, and Allen would provide one for a team that is shooting for big things next season. He would likely start, with Roy coming off the bench. However, it appears unlikely that he will consider the Timberwolves over both the Heat and Celtics.