Ray Allen has yet to officially retire from the NBA, but it's looking increasingly likely the legendary shooting guard's playing career is over. The Miami Herald's Ethan J. Skolnick reported Monday those close to Allen "uniformly expect him to remain retired."
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Past Issues Likely Excluding Miami Heat as Option for Allen
Monday, Jan. 25
In addition to playing down the chances of Allen ever stepping onto an NBA court again, Skolnick explained why the Heat are unlikely to be contenders for his signature:
This shouldn't be all that surprising, if you were aware of his frustration during his final season in Miami, the one that ended with a five-game Finals loss to the Spurs; he made that frustration, about everything from scheduling to rotations, well enough known to Heat teammates, coaches and officials, that it has been frequently relayed to reporters (like this one) since.
Although his skills obviously diminished as he approached 40, Allen remained a steady shooter in his two years with the Heat. He was almost exclusively a three-point specialist, with 51 percent of his field goals coming from beyond the arc in 2012-13. The figure rose to 56.9 percent in 2013-14, the highest of his career, per Basketball-Reference.com.
Now 40 years old, Allen could still play a role on an NBA title contender. Opposing teams would still have to account for him if he's standing in the corner given his reputation.
The Heat could certainly use the 10-time All-Star. Miami ranks 25th in three-point attempts per game (19.7) and 27th in three-point shooting (32.9 percent). Skolnick all but ruled that out, though.
Until Allen definitively shuts the door on a return, teams will likely continue approaching him to gauge his interest in coming back.