Ray Allen hasn’t played in the NBA since the 2013-14 season, but he never officially announced his retirement. Rumors have popped up sporadically since LeBron James returned to Cleveland in 2014 that Allen would follow him there after playing two years in Miami before that, but nothing has ever come of it. But Allen recently told Dom Amore of the Hartford Courant that he hasn’t shut the door on continuing his NBA career, and he’s had conversations with two of his former teams, the Bucks and Celtics.
“My decision is predicated on what is available,” he said. “I said that I was interested because I never retired for a reason. I’ve been watching, seeing what teams have been doing and I’ve been waiting to see if the opportunity presented itself where I think I could fit.”
The Spurs and Clippers have been mentioned, also, but Allen said he has spoken with the Celtics, with whom he won a championship in 2008, and the Bucks, his first NBA stop.
“I would love going back to those places if it worked out,” Allen said, “because both teams are good, too. It doesn’t necessarily have to be championship-or-bust for me to go back to the NBA.
“I want to be in a situation where I thought I could help, play a little bit and help where they have good young talent.”
Allen is 41 years old, but he’s apparently kept himself in good shape, and shooters tend to age well. If he really wants to play again after two years off, and a team wants to add him, it could work.