The question regarding Ray Allen‘s future NBA plans continues as it was rumored today that Ray was nearing a deal with the Cavaliers to join former teammates LeBron James, James Jones & Mike Miller in Cleveland. These rumors were shut down about an hour ago as he remains a free agent and has not signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers, league sources said yesterday.
Many Twitter reports declared that Allen had reached an agreement with the team, with one calling it a “done deal.”
Cavs general manager David Griffin has came out and said he has spoken with Allen’s agent wanting the veteran to join LeBron James, who has also recruited Allen.
Let’s put it in perspective. The signals of Ray’s loyalty to LeBron & James Jones came about when they took a vacation in the Bahamas this summer while LeBron was plotting his decision to stay in Miami or go back home. Also, all the guys are all close friends with each other especially since the brotherhood they built recently during their glory days with the Miami Heat. Mike Miller was a huge apprentice to Ray Allen even being a veteran sharp-shooter himself.
Allen who stands tall at age 39, stated he was undecided on his future after hoping to reach a decision in August. He may have reached one, just hasn’t made that official announcement.
To continue playing, really, the only argument is I can because I’m in great shape,” Allen told the Hartford Courant in an interview Aug. 2. “But just because you can doesn’t mean you have to. Many people over these last couple of weeks have lobbied for me to continue to play. My argument for not playing is, I have done a significant amount in my career and I appreciate everything that has come my way and as I’ve gotten older, I’m 39, there are so many things in life I want to be able to do to affect change — like being around kids full time, which I enjoy.
Allen has made it very clear he wanted to play alongside LeBron James regardless and the fact that Cavs have picked up to former Miami Heat players, notably friends of Ray and the addition of All-Star forward Kevin Love, Cleveland is a likely destination for Jesus Shuttlesworth.
The San Antonio Spurs, Los Angeles Clippers, Chicago Bulls and Miami Heat are also said to be interested in signing the 6-foot-5 shooting guard. The other option which has surfaced was playing under former Celtics Coach Doc Rivers. In my opinion that is less likely given that clearly the Cavaliers are the better choice between those two teams.
Allen averaged 9.6 points on 44 percent shooting in 73 games with the Heat last season. The 18-year veteran can still put up numbers.
We’ll keep you updated but this one is to be continued….
In the meantime for fellow Heat fans like myself I will leave you with some highlights from the 2012-2013 season. #ComeBackToMiamiRay