LeBron James will have familiar faces with him in Cleveland. Former Miami Heat teammates Mike Miller and James Jones have signed on. Ray Allen could turn the trio into a quartet. That is if he wants to play a 19th season. The answer to that question differs depending on who you ask.
Conflicting reports surfaced on Saturday night regarding Allen's plans for the 2014-15 season. First, ESPN's Chris Broussard reported the following:
Ray Allen has told people close to him that he will play in the NBA next season instead of retiring, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.
While the Cleveland Cavaliers are the frontrunner for Allen, the source said the 10-time All-Star has not completely decided where he will play. Cleveland is the favorite due to the return of LeBron James, with whom Allen played with on the Miami Heat the past two seasons. …
At 39 years old, Allen’s goal is to win a third NBA championship so he will only consider playing for title contenders. It is not clear what other clubs are on Allen’s radar, but nearly every contender would be interested in adding him to its roster.
Sounds like Allen is ready for another 82-game season, right? Well, not so fast, according to Allen's agent via Yahoo! Sports Adrian Wojnarowski
Agent Jim Tanner tells Yahoo that his client Ray Allen is still undecided on whether he will return to play another season in the NBA.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) August 10, 2014
Tanner says: "Any reports otherwise are false."— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) August 10, 2014
Allen still contributed with this lethal 3-point shooting, but he averaged a career-low 9.6 points in 73 games last season for the Heat. Should he land with James in Cleveland, he won't need to be more than a role player seeing as the Cavaliers have Dion Waiters on the wing along with Miller. Assuming Kevin Love is indeed headed to Ohio, Cleveland has plenty of 3-point shooting regardless.
If the final seconds are ticking down and the game comes down to a jumper, Allen remains one of the most dangerous players on the planet. Now it's just a matter of whether he wants to lace them up one more campaign.