Since signing Ray Allen in July, the Heat have been talking about ways to best integrate the league’s all-time leading 3-point shooter into the lineup — a process that shifts more to the practice floor now that training camp is open.
‘‘He strikes fear,’’ Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said Saturday. ‘‘We know about that fear, because every time he found his way open behind the 3-point line, as a collective staff, we would say, ‘Oh . . . ’ thinking the worst.’’
With good reason.
Over his five seasons with the Celtics, Allen connected 96 times against Miami from 3-point range — 34 more than anyone else during that span. His 165 career makes from beyond the arc against Miami are 51 ahead of second-place Reggie Miller.
And in each of the past three seasons, including playoffs, no opponent made more threes against the Heat than Allen (24 versus Miami in 2009-10, then 31 in 2010-11 and 22 in 2011-12).
‘‘We’re excited to have that dynamic with us this year,’’ Spoelstra said. ‘‘We’ve had 3-point spacing. We’ve had tremendous 3-point shooters that can shoot on the move. We haven’t really had a catch-and-shoot player with the ability and skill set like Ray. That adds a different dimension to our offense and it should be interesting.’’
Allen, 37, feels like he’s gotten a headstart on settling into the Heat locker room.
‘‘It was the best situation for me moving forward,’’ Allen said of his decision to sign with the Heat. ‘‘There were other teams out there that had interest, but none from an overall perspective — from a place to put my family to opportunity to win — that I thought I matched potentially being here, which ultimately is why I ended up being here.’’
When asked about Friday’s comments by Kevin Garnett, who said he hasn’t spoken to Allen since he left the Celtics, Allen told ESPN.com, “We’re friends regardless of what happens. He’s got to do what he’s got to do up in Boston.’’
Allen was slowed last season by ankle problems, severe enough that he needed offseason surgery.
‘‘I feel pretty good,’’ Allen said. ‘‘I have no complaints. I think at my age, being able to continue at the level, going through offseason having had surgery, it’s a new landscape for me.’’
Wallace the newest Knick
Rasheed Wallace will come out of retirement and sign with the Knicks, according to multiple media outlets. The New York Post, citing a league source, reported Wallace will sign Monday, two years after playing his last NBA game. Wallace, 38, spent the 2009-10 season — his 15th in the NBA — with the Celtics. . . Chris Kaman left the Mavericks’ first practice of training camp with a lower back sprain. The 30-year-old center signed a one-year, $8 million contract in July. Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said the injury isn’t considered serious . . . Less than a week after waiving D.J. Kennedy, the Grizzlies re-signed the second-year swingman. Memphis also signed forwards Michael Dunigan, Ronald Dupree, and Jarrid Famous, and center Jerome Jordan.