Ray Allen won’t play this season, considers comeback in 2015-16

All those teams that imagined Ray Allen as a catch-and-shoot threat in the corner, adding a late-season, potentially game-changing acquisition just in time for the playoffs, well, they and their fans can go back to daydreaming about Powerball and MegaMillions.

Ray gone. For now, anyway.

Allen announced Wednesday afternoon that he would not play in the NBA this season but that he would consider the possibility of returning for 2015-16. The news came via Allen’s representatives at Tandem Sports+ Entertainment, so no “Reports:” disclaimer or anonymous sources are necessary.

“Over the past several months, I have taken a lot of time to deliberate what is best for me,” Allen said in the news release. “I’ve ultimately decided that I will not play this NBA season. I’m going to take the remainder of this season, as well as the upcoming offseason, to reassess my situation, spend time with my family and determine if I will play in the 2015-16 season.”

That last part might be reworded as: “…see what sort of crazy free-agent offer some needy team makes to bring me back.”

Allen will turn 40 in July. As recently as three seasons ago, he ranked fourth in 3-point shooting (45.3 percent) and eighth in true shooting (60.7 percent) and he was the NBA’s fifth-most accurate foul shooter in 2012-13 (88.6 percent).

He’s always had the work habits of a monk and, especially since altering his diet in recent seasons, the body fat of a greyhound. But stepping back into the NBA after a year’s layoff, at Allen’s age, would be the sort of thing only Wilt Chamberlain or Karl Malone ever pondered. Allen has been healthier by far than Steve Nash, a Class of 1997 draftmate, and Nash – still on the fringes of the Lakers while they pay him what’s left of his $9.7 million this season – broke down last season after 15 games with a bad back.

As for performance, Allen averaged 9.6 points and 26.5 minutes for Miami last season, helping the Heat to their second straight NBA Finals with him aboard. He made 37.5 percent of his 3-point attempts in the regular season and 38.8 percent in 20 playoff games.

But the 10-time All-Star from UConn, who also played for Milwaukee, Seattle and Boston, had a modest 12.8 player efficiency rating (PER) both in the regular season and playoffs. Taking a career high 56.9 percent of his shots from 3-point range meant he shot a career-low 2.2 free throws, pro-rated to 36 minutes per game.

In a league in which every GM and coach is looking for an edge, interest in luring back Allen this season was high. “Ray has received enormous interest from a number of NBA teams throughout this season,” agent Jim Tanner said. “We will communicate with interested teams as Ray makes a decision for the 2015-16 season.”

14 Comments

  1. squala96 says:

    You and Iverson should come back.

  2. Kome the Black Dumba says:

    Jesus! Anytime when you want to come back please do! Sweetest stroke I ever seen!

  3. JumpmanCBT says:

    Too late to comeback next year if you are that old and sit out a whole season.
    Ray Allen was still good but playing in a team with so many younger stars, he simply was just a solid bench player, far away
    from his glory days with Milwaukee, Seattle and Boston.

    • Patty says:

      WHO CARES!!!

    • taekayo says:

      bro, no team would ask him to be Shuttlesworth. But his value as probably the most dangerous shooter ever would give any contender a lift on their chances. Maybe a full year of rest is good to him, as he won’t be abandoning his fitness regimen anytime soon.

  4. potamus55 says:

    time is running out – just play the game you love while you still can

  5. LBJ23CAVS says:

    whats the pointof sitting out the whole season he might as well retire he be a legend any way

  6. KratosRage says:

    RAy Allen still has it no doubt. At his age, his health and work ethic are outstanding and can be an awesome 6th man that can spark the team that will get him.

  7. harriethehawk says:

    He isn’t coming back because that 24 hour gum he chews on during basketball games is out of stock. lol

  8. Monica Zimmerman says:

    Ray is done!

  9. johnnytwoshoes says:

    lol.. its not like he’s MJ…

  10. Michael says:

    In a lacklustre season, the fact that any NBA team has to resort to a 40-year old Ray Allen to bring an offensive attacks strengthens the arguement that 3-pt shooters will never die. The Chinese basketball league has plenty of shooters, perhaps they should look there. The fact that range has become such as big part of the game and that players can make half court shots on the reg, suggests that maybe a 4-pt line should be introduced.