For a player at the tail end of his NBA career, Ray Allen’s free agency has drawn lots of attention as he’s pondered whether he’ll return for his 19th season or retire, ending a fruitful career. Earlier today, Chris Broussard of ESPN made it know that Allen was leaning toward retiring. Now, we’ve a date when his decision will be made as the two-time NBA champion made it know he’ll pick his next team some time in September.
Former Miami Heat star Ray Allen said he is not ready to announce a decision about playing a 19th season.
“It’s August and I don’t want to rush to judgment,” Allen said Friday night at the seventh annual Jim Calhoun Charity All-Star Classic. “I want to get to September and see how I really feel.”
While the ‘when’ is important in Ray Allen’s decision, the rest of the world is waiting to figure out who he’ll be playing with if he decides to return to the NBA. Of the 30 NBA teams, Miami and Cleveland seem to be the most likely destinations, with Cleveland currently being the frontrunner.
Of course, those aren’t the only teams who could use Allen’s talents. It’s been reported that both the Los Angeles Clippers and Memphis Grizzlies have reached out to Ray. Most likely, Allen will pick a team that’s in the position to compete for a NBA championship and no team who has been revealed as a suitor for Allen seems to be in better position to do that than the Cleveland Cavaliers as they’ll trot out a lineup that’ll feature Kyrie Irving, LeBron James, and Kevin Love.
Last season, Ray Allen averaged 9.6 points in 26 minutes per game.