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Agent for Ray Allen refutes latest report, maintains no decision has been made on whether he’ll play next season

Aug 10, 2014, 9:30 AM EDT

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We’ve been here before.

Once LeBron James officially declared he’d be joining the Cavaliers next season, reports of former teammates lining up to play alongside him began to trickle in.

Ray Allen was supposedly leaning toward being one of them, before the agency that represents him quickly refuted that report.

Now, here we are again.

An ESPN report on Saturday stated that Allen has told people close to him that he intends to play next season, though the specific team remained undecided. A short time later, his agent released a statement saying that no decision has been made.

From USA Today:

Ray Allen still might return for a 19th season in the NBA. He also might retire. But he has not officially made a decision yet, according to agent Jim Tanner. …

“As Ray has previously stated, he is taking this time to make a decision whether or not he will play next season,” Tanner said in a statement obtained by USA TODAY Sports. “Any reports otherwise are false.”

In reality, both reports could be true at the same time.

One says Allen has told people close to him he’ll play, the other says no official decision has been made. There’s zero incentive for anyone to go out on a limb with this story if the information isn’t accurate, and yet it’s clear that Allen isn’t ready to announce anything that would commit him fully to playing next season.

Hopefully this is the last round of “will he or won’t he” that we’ll have to play before this gets sorted out.

  1. fanofthegame79 - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:19 AM

    I’m not sure what the holdup is all about with Ray Allen right now. Sure, Allen will be a nice addition to the right team, but he’s a 39-year-old sharp shooter that will play 10-15 minutes a night and maybe give you 10 points a game. Make a decision, Ray, you’re not worth this drama.

    • zoomy123 - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:30 AM

      Exactly. If Allen signs it’s only so he can be ready in the post-season.

    • sportsfan18 - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:58 PM

      he wouldn’t be even close to scoring 10 points a game at 10 to 15 mins a night. yeah, maybe one game here and there but he couldn’t come close to averaging that.

      Even using the higher number, 15 min’s a night (to give him more time to get those 10 points you mentioned), if he did score 10 points on average in only 15 min’s a game…

      that would work out to a scoring average of 24 points per 36 min’s of court time.

      Ray has NEVER averaged 24 points in 36 min’s of court time in his career. His BEST was 23.6 points per 36 min’s in the 06/07 season.

      If Ray could still score 10 points in 10 to 15 min’s consistently, as an average, he’d be making $20 million a season still…

      Ray averaged 26.5 min’s a game last season and averaged 9.6 points a game. He isn’t going to maintain that 9.6 points a game with his min’s cut in HALF.

      • fanofthegame79 - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:11 PM

        I wasn’t meaning to be that specific, I was just illustrating a point that he’s not going to put up great numbers so dragging out his process seems silly to me. One second we hear he’s coming back. Then he comes out and says “the reports aren’t true, I’m still deciding” – lather, rinse, repeat. It’s been going on for as long as free agency started; if it were LeBron or Carmelo who pulled this stunt, they would have been eviscerated by the media and bloggers alike.

  2. garypagetwo - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:32 AM

    This website makes TMZ Sports look Legit .

    • fanofthegame79 - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:54 AM

      Does TMZ really have a sports section?

      • asimonetti88 - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:06 PM

        yeah dude, they have a TMZ Sports radio show too

      • fanofthegame79 - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:11 PM


  3. marsh025 - Aug 10, 2014 at 11:21 AM

    Ray Allen should stop trying to fool the public.
    we all know he’s going to Cleveland but he’s trying to act like this has not been planned for months.
    Be honest and people will not have anything to say. Admit that you colluded with Lebron to backstab Pat Riley and the Heat.
    It’s business right?

    Everybody trying to help Lebron keep his little secret came back to bite some of them.
    Riley should have been asking lebron daily to tell him one way or another what he was deciding.
    at least the pressure of constantly asking would have given him some sense of what was happening.
    But instead, everyone went along with the “not discussing it” stuff and got blindsided.
    lessons learned: Lebron is the only one who benefits from not discussing it. Everybody else MUST pepper him with the questions.
    In other words, Reporters, DO YOUR JOBS!!!!

    • charlescub80 - Aug 10, 2014 at 3:20 PM

      Isn’t make believe fun kids. The stabbing Riley in the back is a fun story.

  4. j0esixpack - Aug 10, 2014 at 11:31 AM

    My guess is Allen, who already stays in good shape and knows LBJs system has no need or interest to work out with the team early in pre season

    By avoiding signing he removes an expectation to join the team before he wants to

    I don’t think this is ego – just the practical aspect of when he needs to join the team

  5. jzone954 - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:28 PM

    Maybe Ray Allen is enjoying his time away and really contemplating retiring ?

    • sportsfan18 - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:02 PM

      Well, with his circumstances that is a strong possibility.

      Ray has 2 championships (yes another would be great but it isn’t like he’s hanging on to win that elusive title he’s never won)…

      Ray’s career is such that he will make the HOF (he doesn’t have to hang on and compile some more stats to push him from maybe to yes as he’s already in).

      Ray has earned the 7th MOST money in career earnings ever in the leagues history at over $184 million dollars. So he doesn’t need the $3 million or so he’d make.

      He has a family and they’ve missed him for a long time. He has gobs of money, will be in the HOF and he’s won a couple of titles already.

      If I were in his shoes, I’d think long and hard about retiring.

  6. daveshingle - Aug 10, 2014 at 3:26 PM

    What’s really probably happening is Cleveland won’t commit to his contract until the Love deal is done.

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