Danny Ainge Thinks Ray Allen Won’t Sign Until All-Star Break
We’re still waiting on Ray Allen’s official decision as to whether or not he’ll play in this upcoming NBA season. Allen, 39, has said that he prefers to continue playing with LeBron James, but has also expressed his willingness to begin his retirement.
While the Cleveland Cavaliers are expected to be the frontrunners to land the future Hall of Famer, other teams such as the Spurs, Clippers, Bulls and Wizards have since courted Allen, and Boston Celtics president Danny Ainge told The Sports Hub on 98.5 that he thinks Allen might wait a while to sign, via CSNNE,
Ray can really help [the Cavs], but I anticipate that Ray will wait and see the landscape of the NBA. I just think he might wait and see how everybody’s clicking. There’s a handful of teams that would love to have Ray on their team right now that are trying to win a championship.
He may wait until All-Star break or January. And just see what teams are playing well, which teams are the healthiest and which team that he thinks that he might fit in, just in the style of play. With new coaches at some different places, he may just want to see how it unfolds before he makes a decision.
An interesting perspective from Allen’s former boss. Will this be an extended waiting trial for Allen to really observe and feel out which team best suits him? Most would have expected him to sign with Cleveland by now, so maybe the decision is pressing him more than we think. Adding Allen’s shooting services would be beneficial for any one of those contenders, so at least for now, the bidding continues.