Shooting guard Ray Allen is considering a return to the league after not playing the last two seasons. While the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors are the frontrunners were Allen to play this season, he is also considering the San Antonio Spurs and the Los Angeles Clippers, according to Chris Broussard of ESPN.
Sources: Ray Allen considering NBA return. His reps contacted GState. Allen would also consider Cavs, Spurs, Clippers if he decides to play.
— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) July 6, 2016
The Warriors have pushed for a Ray Allen comeback since 2014. Ray has stayed in shape. His vet minimum would be $1,551,659. GS likely calls.
— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) July 5, 2016
The last time Allen played was the 2014 NBA Finals when he was on the Miami Heat team which was decimated by the San Antonio Spurs.
While Allen’s historic shooting seems as though it would be a timeless skill, his prospects for a return to the league are questionable.
In his final season, he averaged 9.6 points per game with 2 assists, while his shooting saw a major dropoff. The previous season in Miami, he shot 42 percent from behind the arc. But that dropped to 37.5 percent in his final season.
He also couldn’t stay in front of opposing guards on defense to save his life, and that was before taking two years off. At the same time, he is only three years removed from hitting one of the biggest shots in NBA history.
Every team on his list is unsurprisingly a championship contender next year. The Cavs, Warriors, and Spurs would probably grant him the best chance at making the finals while playing the fewest minutes possible. But the Clippers offer a reunion with former Boston cohorts Paul Pierce and Doc Rivers.