While Ray Allen has taken his time contemplating whether he will retire or return to the NBA for his 19th season, Sam Amico of Fox Sports Ohio is reporting that Allen will make his intentions known soon.
Free agent guard Ray Allen likely to make it known whether he'll return to NBA or retire within week, potentially by weekend, source says.
— Sam Amico (@SamAmicoFSO) July 16, 2014
At this point, if Allen comes back (which appears to be far from a lock), one would figure he is likely to leave the Miami Heat.
Shandel Richardson of the South Florida Sun Sentinel has reported that Allen has spoken with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Houston Rockets and has not yet got into contact with his former coach.
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.”
Losing Allen would certainly be a blow for Miami, especially considering the lack of depth the team has at the shooting guard position currently. If/when Allen does get in touch with the Heat, Miami is likely to make a strong push to keep him.
However, it’s long been known that Allen wants to play with his former teammate and friend LeBron James, who recently signed with the Cavaliers, so Cleveland is likely the more desirable situation for the 38-year-old.
Allen averaged 9.6 points and shot 37.5 percent from beyond the arc with Miami last season.