Updates from Tuesday, Sept. 2
The Wizards would prefer to keep their 15th and final roster open but they'd quickly change gears for Ray Allen. The team contacted the 39-year-old shooting guard early in the free agent process to gauge his interest in signing, CSNwashington.com has confirmed with two people with knowledge of the situation Tuesday.
Updates from Saturday, Aug. 30
ESPN.com's Marc Stein reports additional suitors for Ray Allen's services:
One more Spurs rumble with Team USA v Finland now seven hours away: Reigning champs, I'm told, trying to barge into Ray Allen Sweepstakes— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) August 30, 2014
Clippers in the mix as well. Dallas has also pursued Ray Allen this summer. LeBron's Cavs, of course, still badly want the sharpshooter, too— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) August 30, 2014
Ray Allen himself, mind you, has been saying for weeks that he's still deciding whether or not to play next season, let alone choose where— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) August 30, 2014
Updates from Sunday, Aug. 17
Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports reports the Cavs' current belief on signing Ray Allen:
The Cavs are also optimistic about their chances of signing free agent guard Ray Allen prior to the start of training camp, a source said.— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) August 17, 2014
Updates from Saturday, Aug. 9
Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski provides an update on Ray Allen's future:
Agent Jim Tanner tells Yahoo that his client Ray Allen is still undecided on whether he will return to play another season in the NBA.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) August 10, 2014
Tanner says: "Any reports otherwise are false."— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) August 10, 2014
Chris Broussard of ESPN had more on Allen:
Source: Ray Allen has told those close to him that he'll play next season. Cleveland frontrunner but not 100 pct definite— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) August 9, 2014
Updates from Thursday, Aug. 7
ESPN's Chris Broussard reports what it could take for Ray Allen to continue playing this season:
I heard weeks ago that Ray Allen will join Cavs if they get Kevin Love. We'll see....— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) August 7, 2014
It was previously reported by Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski that the Cavaliers and Timberwolves have agreed to a trade in principle involving Kevin Love.
Updates from Wednesday, Aug. 6
Sam Amico of Fox Sports has the latest on Allen, courtesy of Cavalier James Jones:
Cavs newcomer James Jones says he hung with Ray Allen in Connecticut. "He has a decision to make. ... Of course we'd love to have Ray."— Sam Amico (@SamAmicoFSO) August 6, 2014
Updates from Sunday, Aug. 3
Dom Amore of The Courant provides a statement from Ray Allen discussing his future at the Citi Ray Allen Basketball ProCamp yesterday:
I'm not in any rush [to make a decision]. I've played 18 years, and the way I look at my career, I'm content with everything that I've done. I just want to take this summer and see how it goes.
To continue playing, really, the only argument is I can because I'm in great shape. But just because you can doesn't mean you have to. Many people over these last couple of weeks have lobbied for me to continue to play. … My argument for not playing is, I have done a significant amount in my career and I appreciate everything that has come my way and as I've gotten older, I'm 39, there are so many things in life I want to be able to do to affect change — like being around kids full time, which I enjoy.
So at this point I just feel so good about where I am.
I don't want to go into a situation where I don't understand the coaching, don't understand the direction of the team. My family is very important in making the decision. Right now, there is nothing that I need to do. If I ultimately decide this will be it for me, I'm content with that.
Updates from Wednesday, July 23
Gary Washburn of The Boston Globe has the latest on Ray Allen:
NBA source tells Globe that Ray Allen is leaning toward returning for 19th season and joining LeBron James with #cavaliers— gary washburn (@GwashburnGlobe) July 24, 2014
ESPN.com's Brian Windhorst provides a report on Allen and his current plans:
Ray Allen told Sina in China he planned to return Thurs. & get MRIs on his legs before making future decision. Numerous teams interested.— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) July 23, 2014
Updates from Friday, July 18
Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports has an update on Ray Allen's unclear future:
Free agent Ray Allen is scheduled to be in China until July 27 & still doesn't appear to be in a rush to decide playing future, sources said— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) July 18, 2014
Updates from Wednesday, July 16
Shandel Richardson of the Sun-Sentinel reports Ray Allen has been in contact with two teams amid speculation he is considering retirement:
Updates from Monday, July 14
Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports reports that Ray Allen is weighing his options for the future:
Heat free agent Ray Allen isn't pressed to choose a team because he isn't certain if he still wants to play or retire, source told Yahoo.— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) July 14, 2014
Updates from Saturday, July 12
Sam Amico of Fox Sports provides the latest on Ray Allen's future:
As for Ray Allen, he is contemplating retirement. But if he returns, it sounds as if it will be with LeBron and Cavs.— Sam Amico (@SamAmicoFSO) July 12, 2014
Ray Allen was noncommittal about his future after the San Antonio Spurs defeated the Miami Heat in the 2014 NBA Finals. Now, it sounds like the veteran sharpshooter is interested in continuing his career and potentially his partnership with LeBron James.
Chris Broussard of ESPN reports the Cleveland Cavaliers have set their sights on Allen:
Sources: Cavs pursuing Ray Allen— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) July 9, 2014
On the surface, it sure seems like an attempt to provide further reason for James to make his triumphant return to Cleveland after winning a pair of championships with the Heat. Speculation has been rampant in recent days concerning his choice.
Adding Allen would create an intriguing supporting cast that also features Kyrie Irving and Andrew Wiggins. It would be even more impressive if Anthony Bennett can rebound from a forgettable rookie season and play like a No. 1 overall pick.
The Cavaliers also just agreed to a three-team trade with the Brooklyn Nets and Boston Celtics to open up the necessary cap space. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports provided details on Cleveland's returns, which are highlighted by the money now available:
In 3-way, Cavs get: Draft rights to Nets prospects: Karaman/Drejer/Bavcic. And cap space -- more than the $20.7M needed -- to sign James.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 9, 2014
Whether Allen would be interested in the Cavs if James doesn't head north is unclear.
Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com reported last month that Allen was leaning toward a return and wanted to keep playing with James, wherever he landed in free agency. He also passed along comments from the 10-time All-Star about the decision following the Finals:
One thing is for certain, to [make a retirement decision] on my terms is the most important thing. Whether that is me retiring, staying here or going somewhere else, it will be on my terms. I've made it to this point, and I felt great that I have the choice to make it for myself.
Despite the rumored connection with LeBron and Cleveland, Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders states retirement has not been taken off the table:
The Cavs may be pursuing Ray Allen, but there's no guarantee that Ray will play next season. I'm told he's strongly considering retirement.— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) July 9, 2014
The 38-year-old Allen is no longer the go-to scorer he was during his time with the Milwaukee Bucks, Seattle SuperSonics and in the early stages of his stay with the Boston Celtics. However, he's shown over the past two seasons that he can still be a valuable rotation piece.
As Kelly Dwyer of Yahoo Sports noted this past June, Allen's still got it:
Ray has had his struggles in the postseason and in these Finals, especially defensively, but the idea of Allen walking away even at age 39 seems like a bit much to handle right now. His three-point percentage dipped a bit this year, but 30 out of 30 NBA teams (well, maybe not Brooklyn) would like a chance at adding the free agent to their rotation this summer.
Where do you think Allen will be next season?
Of course, the moment that highlighted his key role was hitting the game-tying three in Game 6 of the 2013 Finals to save Miami, which went on to win the title. This past season, he averaged a shade under 10 points per game while shooting 37.5 percent from beyond the arc.
It sounds like Allen is keeping all avenues open while deciding if he still has the drive to play 82 games and then a potential postseason run. If he wants to play, there will certainly be interest, especially if he's connected to James.
Staying close to LeBron would also ensure he remains in the championship chase until he's ready to call it quits for good.