Ray Allen is not ready to walk away from the NBA just yet and start the countdown on his enshrinement in the Basketball Hall of Fame as he is reportedly leaning toward returning for a 19th season, according to ESPN.com’s Brian Windhorst.
Fresh off a vacation with LeBron James, one of the NBA’s best three-point shooters of all-time is reportedly interested in continuing to play with his teammate from the Heat. James opted out of his contract to become a free agent on Tuesday morning so the Heat could also be losing Allen if they lose James this offseason.
After the San Antonio Spurs defeated the Heat in a one-sided five-game series in the NBA Finals, Allen commented on what is in store for him in the near future.
“One thing is for certain, to [make a retirement decision] on my terms is the most important thing,” Allen said. “Whether that is me retiring, staying here or going somewhere else, it will be on my terms. I’ve made it to this point and I felt great that I have the choice to make it for myself.”
Allen is a 10-time All-Star and turns 39 on July 20, played in 79 games last season and all of the Miami Heat’s 20 playoff games, when he averaged 9.3 points while shooting 41 percent from the field.
For his career, Allen is averaging 18.9 points per game for the Milwaukee Bucks, Seattle Supersonics, Boston Celtics and Heat. He is the NBA’s all-time leader in made three-point field goals with 2,973 and three-point attempts with 7,429.