Veteran sharpshooter and eventual Hall of Famer Ray Allen, who has been courted by the Bulls, Clippers, Spurs, Bucks, Wizards and Cavaliers, told Dom Amore of the Hartford Courant that he isn’t in a rush to return to the NBA, and that he’s enjoying his leisure time at home. Although Allen has an abundance of downtime, he insists that his own workout program has kept him in great shape.
“I’ve just been home, taking my kids to school,” said Allen, who has been contemplating whether to retire after 18 seasons in the NBA. “I’m working out, taking care of my body. I’m in great shape. I’ll just watch how the season progresses, and if I do feel the desire to continue to play, then I’ll decide what situation is viable for me.”
He decided to prepare on his own timetable, rather than go through the rigors of a training camp. He says he could be ready to play in about a week.
“I still feel certain aches and pains; that’s definitely old age,” he said. “To be able to run, and back off a little bit, lift, and back off a little bit instead of going at it 100 percent all the time like I’ve been doing has helped.”
Allen’s return could occur at any given moment, but Celtics general manager Danny Ainge believes that Allen will return in December or January. While at home, Allen must be flipping through the handful of nightly NBA games, trying to assess which team would be the best fit for him. Many assume the Cleveland Cavaliers are the frontrunner to land Allen, but only time will tell if that belief is correct or not.
During the summer, Allen said he’d be “content” with retiring.
Allen’s playing situation is something we definitely need to keep an eye on. Shooting is one of the most important aspects of basketball today, and not many are better at it than Ray Allen, who is the NBA’s all-time leader in three-point shooting.
Ray Allen, 39, averaged 9.6 points and 2.8 rebounds last year for the Miami Heat.