Ray Allen in talks with NBA teams for possible NBA return


ray-allen-looking-straightRetired NBA star Ray Allen, may be looking to return playing in the NBA.

According to the Hartford Courant, Allen is back in training, he’s in great shape and is looking to land a spot on an NBA team.

“I was shooting, I was going through my routine just like I’d always done. Yeah, I was a little winded, but I was able to go through my routine like I’d always gone though my routine and I didn’t feel like I’d missed any time in doing what I was doing,” said Allen.

He’s been out of the NBA for two seasons. He last played in the league in 2014 for the Miami Heat.

“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.”

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, who lives much of the time in Miami, has opened a restaurant called Grown, said he is not yet sure what direction the Heat are taking. How about the Knicks? “Spike Lee has been trying to recruit me,” Allen said. “We’ve been texting.”

Ray Allen spent 18 seasons in the NBA, establishing himself as one of the purest shooters in the league, as well as one of the better outside shooters. Allen played for Milwaukee Bucks, Seattle SuperSonics, Boston Celtics and Miami Heat.

A 10-time NBA All-Star, Allen appeared in total of 1300 NBA games (1149 started), averaging 18.9 ppg, 4.1 rpg in 35.6 mpg. Allen won two NBA titles, with Boston Celtics (2008) and Miami Heat (2013).



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