Ray Allen might be nearing the end of his career at 38; however, the greatest sharp-shooter in NBA history is still a wanted man by some of the top teams in the NBA.
The free agent has spoken to the Cleveland Cavaliers and Houston Rockets this summer, according to Shandel Richardson of the South Florida Sun Sentinel.
A sign that Allen isn’t strongly considering a return to the Miami Heat? The veteran player has yet to communicate with coach Erik Spoelstra and Co.
Coach Erik Spoelstra said he has yet to speak with Allen about possibly returning to Miami for another season.
“We knew that he wanted to take some time and be patient to see where he is,” Spoelstra said. “We’ll see what happens. I don’t even know where we’ll be with our roster, but we owe a lot to Ray.”
If Allen doesn’t hang ‘em up, the most likely scenario figures to be a signing with the Cavaliers. Allen is known to be great friends with LeBron James, who recently signed with Cleveland, and is thought to have strong desire to continue playing with the four-time MVP, according to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst.
James has already recruited former Heat players James Jones and Mike Miller to Cleveland already, but Allen would represent his biggest coup. In a down season, Allen still shot 37.5 percent from outside and averaged 9.6 points per game last season.
Allen could provide the Cavs or the Rockets, two teams that figure to utilize the outside shot heavily next season, another sniper off of the bench.