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Report: Ray Allen would like to keep playing, preferably with LeBron

By Zach Harper | NBA writer

Allen is willing to come back for a 19th season.
Ray Allen is willing to come back for a 19th season. (USATSI)

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Ray Allen probably doesn't want to retire after being so productive in his role the last two years with the Miami Heat and losing the way he did in the NBA Finals. After 18 seasons in the NBA, he's nothing more than a role player, but he's kept his body in incredible shape and is capable of maximizing that role as we've seen during two straight Finals appearances alongside LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh.

Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com is reporting Allen is considering coming back for a 19th season in the NBA, and would prefer to do so alongside LeBron. Whether James re-signs with the Heat or he wants to move on to another team, Allen is apparently intent on trying to find his way to be on James' team and provide that same role as a floor-spacer for the four-time MVP.

After briefly considering retirement following the Miami Heat's loss in the NBA Finals, Ray Allen is leaning toward returning for a 19th season in the NBA, according to sources.

Allen has a desire to continue playing alongside LeBron James, whom he developed a close relationship with during their two seasons together in Miami, whether it is with the Heat or another team. James and Allen vacationed together last week after the Heat were beaten in the NBA Finals by the San Antonio Spurs.

After hitting "The Shot" in Game 6 of the 2013 NBA Finals when he saved the Heat's season and helped them get to their second straight title, Allen struggled a bit with consistency during the 2013-14 season. Allen made 37.5 percent of his 3-pointers, which is good but it was also the first time in four seasons in which he shot under 40.0 percent from beyond the arc. The all-time leading 3-point maker is a career 40.0 percent shooter from downtown.

He averaged 9.6 points, 2.8 rebounds, and 2.0 assists in 26.5 minutes during his 18th season.

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