At 39 years old, Miami Heat free agent guard Ray Allen is contemplating retirement.
There are plenty of teams that want him to return. The Heat would like to bring back Allen while LeBron James would love to see Allen follow him to Cleveland and join the Cavaliers. Allen, however, hasn’t made up his mind and says it will “require a perfect storm scenario” for him to play next season.
“I haven’t even made it that far. I said this even when I was in Boston. I was on borrowed time,” Allen said via Mark Murphy of The Boston Herald. “Knowing the guys I came in with, and even some after me who were out of the league, I felt blessed to still be doing it. I’m still wanted by the people I play with, still feared by the ones I play against, and feared by other teams that may want to have me on their side.
“It will require a perfect storm scenario for me,” said Allen. “I’m in great shape, and I’ll continue to be in great shape, but I don’t want to go to a situation where I don’t understand the rhythm of how a coach coaches. He has to be a great coach, a veteran coach.”
Allen is the all time leader in three-pointers made. Over the course of his brilliant, 18-year career, he has averaged 18.9 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game while shooting 45.2% from the field, 40.0% from beyond the arc and 89.4% from the free throw line. Allen averaged 9.6 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game while shooting 44.2% from the field, 37.5% from three and 90.5% from the free throw line last season. Allen would likely be on a mission to win his third title after winning rings with the Celtics in 2008 and the Heat in 2013.