Free agent sharpshooter Ray Allen has been trying to decide whether he'll retire from basketball after 18 seasons in the NBA or go for a 19th year. The all-time leading 3-point shooter could extend his record to the 3,000 mark with 27 more makes, something he would easily do if he comes back to play. But he's also had a stellar career complete with multiple championships and some of the biggest moments in league history.
According to Chris Broussard of ESPN.com, Allen is going to put off retirement for another year and play his 19th season in the league. The Cleveland Cavaliers are reportedly the favorites for Allen's services, thanks to their signing of LeBron James. Allen and James were teammates for the last two seasons in which they made the NBA Finals both times and won the NBA title in one of them.
Ray Allen has told people close to him that he will play in the NBA next season instead of retiring, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.
While the Cleveland Cavaliers are the frontrunner for Allen, the source said the 10-time All-Star has not completely decided where he will play. Cleveland is the favorite due to the return of LeBron James, with whom Allen played with on the Miami Heat the past two seasons.
Allen stepped right in to the shooter role with the Heat in 2012-13 and stretched the floor right away with them. He infamously hit the season-saving 3-pointer from the right corner in Game 6 of the 2013 NBA Finals to keep the Heat alive before eventually winning it all in Game 7. He shot 41.9 percent from 3-point range in his first season with the Heat, but dropped down to a more human 37.5 percent from downtown in 2013-14. He did manage to raise that percentage to 38.8 percent in the 2014 playoffs but the Heat couldn't hang with the Spurs in the Finals.
LeBron and Allen have fit nicely together over the past two seasons. James has assisted on 139 of Allen's 532 makes during their time together. The next closest was Dwyane Wade with 61 assists on Allen's 532 makes.