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Ray Allen reportedly in no rush to decide between free-agent options, retirement

Jul 14, 2014, 12:17 PM EDT

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Ray Allen has emerged as a target in the turf war between LeBron James’ old team and new team.

Both the Heat and Cavaliers want Allen. There are certainly other contenders that would like to add the shooting guard, too.

But after 18 seasons, Allen is not running anywhere.

Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports:

Miami Heat free-agent guard Ray Allen isn’t pressed to make a decision regarding free agency because he is considering retirement, a source told Yahoo Sports.

If Allen delays, he likely loses out on his chance to make the bi-annual exception ($2,077,000) room exception ($2,732,000) as those exceptions get used around the league. Instead, he might have to settle for the minimum salary ($1,448,490).

Soon to turn 39, Allen likely has bigger concerns. A team’s chances of winning a championship and the overall feel of the environment likely play more prominently in his decision.

As long as Allen is amenable to a minimum contract, he can wait as long he wants. There will always be teams lining up to offer him that.

  1. csbanter - Jul 14, 2014 at 12:24 PM

    The Cavs would be better off going cheaper and signing James Jones. Jones has been wasting away on Miami’s bench for years. He can shoot 3’s with the best of them to which Ray Allen is the best, but Allen should stay in Miami or retire.

    • dls612 - Jul 14, 2014 at 12:37 PM

      James Jones wasn’t wasting away he was more of an liability on defense. Miami is about defense and no matter how good you shoot you’re not playing much if you don’t defend .

  2. beach305 - Jul 14, 2014 at 12:28 PM

    Time for the Heat to get younger.

  3. ravenswhat - Jul 14, 2014 at 12:29 PM

    Ray, you have a few rings. You don’t need the money. If anything, sign for 2 years in Miami and live the good life. I can’t see him chasing a ring in Cle at this point. And let’s be honest, who wants to live in Cleveland?

    • urodaddy07 - Jul 14, 2014 at 12:32 PM

      LBJ it would seem

      • thehawg - Jul 14, 2014 at 2:54 PM

        Or LBJ’s wife.

      • campcouch - Jul 14, 2014 at 8:22 PM

        and maybe Kevin Love

    • genericcommenter - Jul 14, 2014 at 4:57 PM

      He already said he didn’t mind living in Seattle or Milwaukee and that the basketball team stuff was far more important than the surrounding lifestyle.

      • sportsfan18 - Jul 14, 2014 at 8:48 PM

        Why not. He’s not a kid anymore on his way up in the league.

        Ray’s in like 8th or 9th place for making the most money of all time in the NBA.

        It would only be for ONE season. Ray doesn’t care where for one season.

        He has his money. He wants a shot at a title or he’s not playing.

  4. antistratfordian - Jul 14, 2014 at 12:32 PM

    It was being reported on twitter by some nefarious sources that he was considering Cleveland or retirement. Also that LeBron was actively trying to recruit him (which I guess means over-texting?), but LJ’s letter talking about how Cleveland wasn’t ready to win probably didn’t help.

  5. titansbro - Jul 14, 2014 at 12:51 PM

    shocking if he doesn’t sign with cleveland, he & bosh follow lebron like a lost puppy. but bosh got the overpayment of the century as a consolation prize for not being able to carry lebrons luggage anymore.

  6. SBoy - Jul 14, 2014 at 12:55 PM

    If possible ring and or lifestyle is most important than smart of Allen to take his time… Let teams finish making their other moves and then decide what is the best situation or if he wants to retire.

  7. bigbenh8tr - Jul 14, 2014 at 2:09 PM

    Joe Harris is going to be a great role player in Cleveland and can come off ball screens better than most players who were in college last season. He is already a great defender so I would love to see him learn from watching Allen for one season.

  8. soopreme - Jul 14, 2014 at 2:21 PM

    I hope he goes to Cleveland with Lebron for two reasons.

    1. To help spread the floor for Lebron at crunch time.

    2. To help and teach the youngins how to shoot just as has helped Lebron become a better shooter.

    Ray Allen is a shooting savant!!

  9. kingperk123 - Jul 14, 2014 at 3:28 PM

    Comeback to Boston Jesus because word on the street’s is the Houston rockets are close to getting rajon Rondo “WOW”

  10. jammer73 - Jul 14, 2014 at 4:49 PM

    He should sign with the Nets so he can join is good bud KG.

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