While still a coveted free agent, Ray Allen might opt to call it quits after 18 seasons in the NBA.
Although he has never given any indication that he planned on playing this season, most NBA fans likely assumed they’d see Ray Allen suit up for a contending team at some point this season.
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However, more than ever before, it seems Allen might simply remain retired. Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that NBA teams are starting to believe that Allen won’t play this year.
"Among numerous NBA executives with an interest in signing free-agent guard Ray Allen, there’s a growing belief that Allen will not play in the league this season.Allen still hasn’t delivered word through his agent, Jim Tanner, that he wants to play – never mind begin the process of choosing a team, league sources told Yahoo Sports.Allen has been working out, but nothing to the level that would indicate an imminent return to get into NBA playing shape, sources tell Yahoo Sports. Still, there’s time for Allen to make a decision, but as one general manager said Friday, “It’s getting late in the game for this to happen.”"
It’s interesting that Allen might hang ’em up for good considering just how many contenders are interested in his services — the Los Angeles Clippers, Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers are among his many reported suitors.
But perhaps retired life agrees with Allen. Or perhaps he simply doesn’t want to go through the grind of being an NBA player any longer, especially when the league is so wide-open this season and there’s no clear path for Allen to return to the finals.
If this is the end for Allen, he will leave the game as one of its most devastating shooters ever. Nobody in league history has hit more three-pointers in the regular season and postseason than Allen. He also is the author of arguably the greatest shot of all-time.
Allen spent this past season with the Miami Heat, for whom he averaged 9.6 points on 44.2 percent shooting from the floor and 37.5 percent shooting from beyond the arc. Allen also played with the Milwaukee Bucks, Seattle Supersonics and Boston Celtics.
He won two NBA championships (one with the Heat and one with the Celtics) and has career averages of 18.9 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game.
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