Ray Allen still won’t rule out signing with a team, but he doesn’t appear close to doing so, more than a year after last having suited up in the NBA. Allen has no plans to sign with any team, TNT’s David Aldridge heard last week, as he writes in his Morning Tip column for NBA.com, but the NBA’s all-time leading three-point shot maker insisted to media this weekend at a camp in Connecticut that he’s not ready to retire, as Dom Amore of The Hartford Courant relays.
“I haven’t said anything about that and I won’t officially retire,” Allen said. “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.”
The 40-year-old is in playing shape, Amore writes, but Allen said the only time he missed basketball this past season was when he watched the Finals between the Warriors and the Cavs, two of the many teams that reportedly had interest in signing him during 2014/15. The Jim Tanner client also expressed that he would be comfortable with his body of work to this point if he does retire, saying that he likes “the feeling of knowing I don’t have to beat myself into the ground,” as Amore chronicles.
The specter of Allen’s free agency lingered for most of this past season until he said in early March that he wouldn’t play and would take the spring and the offseason to decide whether to return to the NBA for the 2015/16 season. He had received serious interest from 14 teams during 2014/15, a source told Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports around the time of Allen’s March announcement, but the market for him is unclear at this point. The Cavs were most often linked to him, but interest from both sides appeared to have faded by shortly after the February trade deadline.
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