Ray Allen Contemplating Retirement
Ray Allen initially left the Boston Celtics to go win another championship with the Miami Heat. He accomplished that. Now that LeBron James has left the Heat to go back to his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers, Allen may not feel up to going to a new team again.
In fact, per reports, Allen may be seriously considering calling it a career.
It’s been a long, successful run for the league’s best long range shooter, as Allen has nothing left to prove after securing two NBA titles and converting on a whopping 2,973 made three pointers.
While no one would blame the NBA’s all-time three point shooting leader walking away at age 38 (39 later this month), he still provides and elite skill and arguably could continue playing meaningful minutes at a high level for another 2-3 seasons.
Whether or not Allen believes that or simply doesn’t feel up to the grind of another 82-game season, however, could lead him to end his playing career.
Retirement is looking like a very real option for the aging guard, but Allen certainly won’t have an easy decision to make, as he won’t have a shortage of suitors. An unrestricted free agent on the open market, Allen is free to sign with any team, meaning he could return to the Miami Heat, follow James to Cleveland to play with the Cavaliers or even latch on with a team he views as a top contender. That could have Allen potentially considering a contract with teams like the Oklahoma City Thunder, Chicago Bulls or even the defending champion San Antonio Spurs.
Allen is reportedly not in any rush to make a decision, as he has numerous options to consider if he decides to continue playing. Of course, he’s also not ready to make that call, as he’s not even sure if he’s ready to be done playing professional basketball, either.
For now Allens’ status for the 2014-15 NBA season is fairly up in the air. He’s pushing 40 and he doesn’t have a whole lot of incentive to keep playing. He loves the game, though, and the allure of another championship could be enough to keep him going. Cracking 3,000 made three pointers may not be a bad secondary reason, either.
It’s anyone’s guess if Allen actually decides to hang’em up, but it’s clear that day is drawing closer.
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