NBA careers, even those that reached legendary heights, don't always offer soft landings.
Well-decorated sharpshooter Ray Allen could be one of the fortunate few to have control over his conclusion.
The 39-year-old hasn't officially announced his intention for what would be his 19th season in the league. Earlier this summer, he sounded ready to walk away for good.
"I've played 18 years, and the way I look at my career, I'm content with everything that I've done," Allen said, via Dom Amore of the Hartford Courant. "... 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."
A source told ESPN The Magazine's Chris Broussard that Allen has informed those close to him of his plans to play in 2014-15. While the sniper himself has kept quiet on his plans, the closer this campaign comes to tipping off, the harder it may be for him to hang them up.
Especially with nearly every championship contender saving him a spot. Each has something a little different to offer, but the best landing spots can sell him on opportunity, familiarity, usage and, of course, realistic title hopes.
With his decision potentially made on playing another season, these five teams should be in the strongest position to bring him on board.