A bunch of teams pursued Ray Allen this past season, but the veteran sharpshooter opted to sit out the entire season. Although Allen hasn’t signed with anybody for the upcoming season, the 40-year-old isn’t going to retire just yet, according to Dom Amore of the Hartford Courant:
“I haven’t said anything about that and I won’t officially retire,” Allen said Saturday during a break in his basketball camp for kids at East Granby High. “Because if something came to the table, contractually and situational-ly, I want to be able to take a strong look at it. I don’t want to be that guy that says he’s retiring and then is coming back.”
While Allen won’t commit to retiring, he also doesn’t sound like a guy ready to make a return to the NBA, although he admitted he missed playing while watching the NBA Finals:
“I didn’t miss it,” he said. “I realized how much time I missed not being home with my kids. I probably missed it in the Finals. Watching Cleveland and Golden State play, it just seemed like an epic battle that required a lot of precision on the floor and that’s when I felt, that was probably the only time that I felt like, ‘Man, I should have been out there.'”
Allen has played 18 seasons in the NBA, with his last action coming in the 2013-14 season with the Miami Heat. He averaged 9.6 points and 2.8 rebounds that season while shooting 44.2 percent overall and 37.5 percent from three. He averaged 9.3 points and 3.4 rebounds while shooting 38.8 percent from three in the postseason.
Allen is a 40.1 percent three-point shooter for his career and two-time title winner.