Ray Allen was an unrestricted free agent heading into this season, but chose to sit out until this point, and it was believed he’d eventually catch on with a contender in time for a run through the postseason.
But evidently, Allen is enjoying spending time with the family away from the game too much to make a comeback this season.
Allen’s agent released a statement confirming that Allen will sit out the remainder of the 2015 campaign.
Ten-time NBA All-Star Ray Allen will not play during the 2014-15 NBA season, announced his agent Jim Tanner, President of Tandem Sports + Entertainment. Allen will take the remainder of this season and the off-season to reassess for the 2015-16 NBA season.
“Over the past several months, I have taken a lot of time to deliberate what is best for me,” Allen said. “I’ve ultimately decided that I will not play this NBA season. I’m going to take the remainder of this season, as well as the upcoming off-season, to reassess my situation, spend time with my family and determine if I will play in the 2015-16 season.”
Allen essentially would have had his pick of places to play had he decided to return; plenty of contenders, including the Cavaliers, Hawks, Clippers, Grizzlies and others had reportedly inquired about his level of interest.
This isn’t a retirement announcement from Allen, at least not yet. He says he’ll take the summer to reassess his situation, but it’s certainly possible we’ll be hearing about teams being interested in adding him to the roster around this time next season.