Ray Allen deciding between Cavs, Rockets and Retirement



The Cavs may have signed Mike Miller to a two-year deal, but they may very well find themselves with another former teammate of LeBron James as shooting guard Ray Allen contemplates joining the team versus outright retirement.

Allen is still undecided whether he wants to return for another NBA season, or retire after 18 years in the NBA. He has reportedly been in talks with both the Rockets and Cavaliers, but is yet to speak with his former team. Allen is the NBA’s all-time leader in 3-pointers made with 2973, and has shot 40.0 percent from beyond the arc.

As recent as late June, reports swirled that Allen wished to continue playing despite being 39 years of age, hoping to do so alongside LeBron James, with whom he reportedly developed a close relationship with during their two seasons together in Miami, whether it is with the Heat or another team.

“I guess everything [is factored into the decision],” Allen told the Boston Globe during the most recent NBA Playoffs. “You get away from it, you sit down and get an opportunity to think about it. It depends on how my body feels. I love the condition I’ve been in over the last couple of years. It’s just a natural progression.”

With the trading away of Jarrett Jack and the loss of CJ Miles, the Cavs continue to look for floor-spacing shooters who can hit open shots in the event defenses converge upon James or point guard Kyrie Irving. Miller and Allen would both fit this mold, the former recently turning down more money from the Denver Nuggets to join James in Cleveland.

[Related: What’s Next for the Cavs in Free Agency?]


  • thenoclist

    More money from the Nuggets, not Rockets.

  • Harv 21

    I’d take 20 judiciously allotted nightly minutes of Ray Allen over just about any other sharp shooter in the NBA.

    Poor David Blatt. This would be total sensory overload.

  • RGB

    I take me some Jesus Shuttlesworth. He still got game.

  • simond

    looks like Ray is out of bounds in that picture

  • mgbode

    Allen is the NBA’s all-time leader in 3-pointers made with 2973

    that number is why he is coming back. it might not really mean much, but getting to 3K 3pters is a measure of pride. people like those milestone numbers.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    The King followed by Jesus – can I get an Amen?

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    If Allen spurns the Rockets next, daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaamn!

  • mgbode

    we could always go after Denzel


  • Steve

    I’d be very judicious with those minutes. The Heat outscored opponents by more with Allen on the bench than on the court last year, in large part to their defense really struggling with him out there. Throw in him being another step mentally closer to retirement, and I would be very wary of using him as anything more than a small-time contributor.


    only if it’s Hungarian Denzel like in this….

  • mgbode

    The Devil himself! How do you shoot the Devil in the back? [pause, holds up his crippled hand] What if you miss?

  • Richard Daugherty

    Please stop!!! We have enough back court already! Can we get a legit CENTER already?!!

  • King Me

    Signing Jesus Shuttlesworth to a vet minimum doesn’t hurt our chances of getting a big at the same price. Plus, even if he doesn’t give us a ton of minutes, he brings more of that winning culture that Cleveland has lacked in the last 4 years.