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Reports: Spurs making run at Ray Allen, who remains undecided if he will play anywhere

Aug 30, 2014, 9:30 AM EDT

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Ray Allen was very comfortable and happy in Miami — he was playing on a contender in a warm-weather city with lots of great golf where his family was comfortable, and he was making more than the league minimum.

Then this summer happened.

Now Allen’s option involve making the league minimum and contending in cold-winter Cleveland, or maybe joining old coach Doc Rivers in warm-weather Los Angeles on a team already loaded at the two-guard spot (J.J. Redick, Jamal Crawford, plus you can play Reggie Bullock there or the three) in a deep Western Conference that will be hard to escape just to get to the Finals. Dallas has tried to get in the mix but are they really contenders?

Now throw San Antonio in the mix, reports Marc Stein of ESPN.

On the court Allen could certainly fit in with the Spurs, and it’s not a cold city. But the offer will likely be for the minimum. And again, the West is loaded. Certainly the Spurs have set the bar in that conference but there are teams close to clearing it.

Nothing seems a good fit and retirement remains on the table, something reinforced by Stein and Alex Kennedy at BasketballInsiders.

Allen has to decide if he wants to put his body through the NBA regular season grind again to chase another ring. He’s not doing it for the money. Does he want to be away from his family that much? Has he reached the point in his life where that trade off is not worth it? What does he want to do post NBA?

Allen doesn’t have to make his decision yet, he’s got until training camps open and beyond. He can let things play out and join a team mid-season should he want. There is no pressure on him, save what old teammates and coaches try to apply.

This could play out for a while longer.

  1. ProBasketballPundit - Aug 30, 2014 at 9:35 AM

    NBA players love to feel wanted; so after reading about the Clippers & Spurs pursuing Ray Allen I believe he’ll come back for one more season.

    Strange that the Spurs are in the mix though. I wonder if their motivation is more to keep him off the Cavaliers or Clippers.

    • genericcommenter - Aug 30, 2014 at 10:26 AM

      Everyone loves to feel wanted, but that doesn’t mean you settle for anyone that will have you without bringing equal value from their side.

  2. balsagna - Aug 30, 2014 at 10:00 AM

    Just another thing the Cavs will beat the Spurs at this year.

    • robigd - Aug 30, 2014 at 10:01 AM

      You mad?

      • balsagna - Aug 30, 2014 at 10:21 AM

        Um, what?

      • jimeejohnson - Aug 30, 2014 at 3:36 PM

        Mad = like a mad scientist

    • robigd - Aug 30, 2014 at 11:22 AM

      i don’t understand your comment. Last time the Spurs played the Cavs in a meaningful series, they swept them under the rug. Spurs are 10x better than the current Cav’s roster.

      Ray Allen in the Spurs offense would be deadly.

      • balsagna - Aug 30, 2014 at 11:44 AM

        Yes because the Spurs are known for their ability to win back to back titles, and are actually getting younger. 10x better than the Cavs roster? Hyperbole alert.

      • robigd - Aug 30, 2014 at 11:49 AM

        Did you actually watch the NBA Finals?

      • asimonetti88 - Aug 30, 2014 at 11:58 AM

        And the Cavs are known for their ability to win titles, period?

      • balsagna - Aug 30, 2014 at 12:52 PM

        I sure did. The spurs looked fantastic. You may not know this but that was last year. Spurs fans are up in arms and sensitive to every single possible slight. They have never won back to back titles. They won’t have the haunting image of game 6 to fuel them through the year. And they are getting older. Whether you want to admit it or not the Spurs are not getting any younger, and some of their older players that they depend on have injury histories.

        It’s a new season. The Spurs still have to make it to the finals against a stacked west. To act as if it’s a slam dunk that they are returning to the finals is lunacy.

    • patfic5 - Aug 30, 2014 at 2:50 PM

      Go home. You’re drunk.

  3. canucks30 - Aug 30, 2014 at 10:15 AM

    Why is the media constantly obsessed with how “cold” a city is?

    Do players actually make decisions on where they like playing based solely on the weather?

    • adoombray - Aug 30, 2014 at 10:38 AM

      Hah yeah and they play every team at least once in their home building if not twice. They spend the entire winter travelling to or from cold climates. It’s not like they can avoid snow. Besides. This is Ray Allen. The man can own multiple homes in whatever climate he likes – and his off-season is when it is warm

      • Damidwesterner - Aug 30, 2014 at 8:43 PM

        If you’re team is playing an extended home stand, you’re going to be home for a couple weeks. Since you don’t play every day, you’re living at home, in the cold climate, and commuting to and from the practice facility. Not to mention doing domestic stuff as well. So, unless you’re living in a hotel for the season (and maybe even if you are), you’re dealing with the snow and the cold.

    • Damidwesterner - Aug 30, 2014 at 8:41 PM

      If you’re a Ray Allen type who really doesn’t need to play again, sure. You can pick and choose where you want to play, and cold is definitely a factor.

  4. lj312chicago - Aug 30, 2014 at 12:34 PM

    Cavs are so over rated it’s going to be awesome watching ESPN cry why they get knocked out by the bulls in the eastern Conference finals. How do you beat the cavs? Big man dominate the paint love and Anderson variejo are two of the worst defensive players in the nba

    • sportsfan18 - Aug 30, 2014 at 1:13 PM

      they’re not as bad as Harden and Melo at defense though…

    • asimonetti88 - Aug 30, 2014 at 4:03 PM

      Varejao isn’t a bad defender, but he’s not a rim protector, which they’ll need from him since he’ll likely play mostly center.

      • duhwighthoward - Aug 30, 2014 at 4:42 PM


    • bkbell3 - Aug 31, 2014 at 4:09 AM

      tibbs is great def. coach^

  5. balsagna - Aug 30, 2014 at 12:53 PM

    Varejao is a bad defender? That’s comical.

  6. peralez2383 - Aug 30, 2014 at 3:24 PM

    I like Allen, but wouldn’t want him taking minutes for the players we already have

  7. campcouch - Aug 30, 2014 at 8:38 PM

    Retire Ray.

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