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Ray Allen says He’s Not Officially Retiring

Ray Allen was one of the biggest question marks of the 2014-2015 season. Is he going to retire? Will he join a contender? Is he going to join the Cavaliers on LeBron James’ team again? Allen ultimately decided to not play last season, but he isn’t ruling out playing in 2015-2016.

Per the Hartford Courant:

“I haven’t said anything about that and I won’t officially retire,” Allen said Saturday during a break in his basketball camp for kids at East Granby High. “Because if something came to the table, contractually and situational-ly, I want to be able to take a strong look at it. I don’t want to be that guy that says he’s retiring and then is coming back….

“I didn’t miss it,” he said. “I realized how much time I missed not being home with my kids. I probably missed it in the Finals. Watching Cleveland and Golden State play, it just seemed like an epic battle that required a lot of precision on the floor and that’s when I felt, that was probably the only time that I felt like, ‘Man, I should have been out there.’”

If he does not play again, Allen is comfortable with the run he’s had, which includes championships with the Celtics and Heat. […] “It would be one thing if I played 10 or 11 years,” he said “But playing 18, I got a lot out of it. I like the feeling of knowing I don’t have to beat myself into the ground.”

I doubt that Allen would play on a full-season deal and go through training camp and pre-season games. It seems more likely to me that he would join a contender in need for his shooting prior or shortly after the all-star break.

Allen averaged 9.6 points, 2.8 rebounds, and 3.4 assists per game in 2013-2014 for the Heat. Allen is the NBA’s all-time leader in three’s made, as the next closet active player to him is Jason Terry.

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