Ray Allen may or may not choose to play next season.
Retirement is a very real option; after Allen won championships in 2008 with the Celtics and again in 2013 with the Heat (while hitting one of the most incredible shots in Finals history along the way), there isn’t much left to accomplish that would enhance his Hall of Fame resume in what would be his 19th NBA season.
But there is that competitive itch. And while it may be a while before Allen decides whether or not to return, he’ll have at least two teams patiently waiting that will attempt to retain his services.
From Arash Markazi of ESPN Los Angeles:
The Clippers have 11 players under contract, two under the league minimum. They will be bringing in veterans for workouts.
Doc Rivers had been in contact with Ray Allen earlier this summer. Expect the Clippers to make a run at him again.
In addition to the Clippers, of course, Allen has been linked to the Cavaliers, where he could join three of his former Heat teammates, including LeBron James.
L.A. traded Jared Dudley for two players that they waived using the stretch provision, which gave the team additional roster flexibility and some space under the cap to add players on minimum salary deals.
It’ll be interesting to see whether the bond with Rivers or the one with James is stronger if Allen chooses to come back next season.
As they do every Monday during the season, the PBT Power Rankings came out and while the top three remained the same there were some climbers.
Specifically, the Thunder at No. 4 and the Pacers at No. 5.
Why they are there is the latest PBT Extra topic with Jenna Corrado. The simple answer is they are both excellent teams. Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant, and Paul George are all playing like Top 10 players.
The ProBasketballTalk NBA podcast is back.
Sure we’re a month into the season, but we’re going to get this podcast rolling again and you can expect us on each Monday and Thursday, with a variety of guests talking everything around the NBA.
Today NBC’s own Dan Feldman joins Kurt Helin to talk Kobe Bryant‘s retirement announcement, and what that means both for the Lakers going forward this season and beyond, but also what that could mean for Byron Scott’s future as the Lakers’ coach.
We also delve into the “showdown” between the Lakers and Sixers on Thursday, talk about the job Brett Brown is doing there as coach (a good one), we talk some Warriors, some Draymond Green, Pistons, Spurs and Pacers to round it all out.
Listen to the podcast below or you can listen and subscribe via iTunes.
It’s this simple: The Sacramento Kings are 5-5 when DeMarcus Cousins plays this season, 1-7 when he sits. (And that win number is a big misleading, they looked like they would have beaten Charlotte with him, but when he left with back pain they lost, they could easily be 6-4 with him.)
So it’s good news that Cousins is expected to return to the Sacramento lineup Monday night. Well not good for Rick Carlisle and the Mavericks, but good for the Kings, as reported by James Ham at CSNBayArea,com.
This season Cousins is averaging 27.9 points and 11.2 rebounds a game, he has a true shooting percentage above the league average (56.3 percent for Cousins) and he has a PER of 27.1 which is sixth best in the league.
Combine him with the numbers Rajon Rondo has put up lately the Kings become much more dangerous. They’d be even scarier if everyone stayed healthy and George Karl would settle on a lineup.
It was expected Kobe Bryant would retire at the end of this season.
It was not expected Kobe would make that official on Nov. 29 — it’s caught the media at Staples Center Sunday (of which I was one) and the fans by surprise.
In this PBT Extra, I talk with Jenna Corrado about the mood inside Staples Center Sunday.
More importantly, I discuss the sense I got that Kobe understands it’s time to walk away, and he is at peace with that.