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.
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.