Miami Heat guard Ray Allen is 38 years old and just finished his 18th season in the NBA. After his Heat’s loss in the NBA Finals to the San Antonio Spurs, there was a lot of speculation on whether Allen would return for a 19th season. With LeBron James opting out of his contract yesterday, Allen is in a wait and see approach. According to Brian Windhorst of ESPN, Allen would like to return next year and would follow LeBron where ever he goes.
After briefly considering retirement following the Miami Heat’s loss in the NBA Finals, Ray Allen is leaning toward returning for a 19th season in the NBA, according to sources.
Allen has a desire to continue playing alongside LeBron James, whom he developed a close relationship with during their two seasons together in Miami, whether it is with the Heat or another team. James and Allen vacationed together last week after the Heat were beaten in the NBA Finals by the San Antonio Spurs.
James notified the Heat on Tuesdaythat he is opting out of his contract and will become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. Both James and Allen will be unrestricted free agents. Miami’s Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh could choose to opt out as well. Neither has announced his plans.
Obviously Allen feels like playing with LeBron gives him the best chance to win another title. With his career on the verge of ending, I can’t blame Allen for following LeBron to whichever team he chooses.