After much deliberation, Ray Allen has decided not to play this season and will re-assess his situation for the 2015-16 season. Allen released this statement via his agent Jim Tanner:
“Over the past several months, I have taken a lot of time to deliberate what is best for me,” Allen said. “I’ve ultimately decided that I will not play this NBA season. I’m going to take the remainder of this season, as well as the upcoming off-season, to reassess my situation, spend time with my family and determine if I will play in the 2015-16 season.”
Allen played with LeBron James and the Miami Heat the last two seasons, going to two NBA Finals and hitting one of the most memorable shots in NBA Finals history in 2013. Many figured the 39-year-old would join James with the Cleveland Cavaliers this season, and there were numerous other teams with interest in the sharpshooter:
Fourteen teams expressed serious interest in signing NBA free agent guard Ray Allen before he decided to take the season off, a source said.
— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpearsESPN) March 4, 2015
However, Allen has decided not to join a contender for a run at a third championship, and one has to think his career might be over. But we can’t rule that out just yet.