Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013 at 11:20 am  |  16 responses

Ray Allen Says It’s Possible He Will Retire After This Season

Miami Heat veteran guard Ray Allen tells the Racine Journal Times that this could be his final season in the NBA. The 37-year old future Hall of Famer has a couple of years remaining on his current deal, but he’s not sure about playing beyond this one: “I don’t know when I’ll retire,’ said Allen. ‘I’d like to get through the year first. I feel great; my body feels good. I just got to get through. I’m at a point where I’ve been pretty successful and I’ve gotten to the point where I really understand the game and how to play it. But I’m not going to be that guy who just hangs on. At some point, I can let it go.’ Allen, a 10-time All-Star and future Hall of Famer, is being paid $3.09 million this season. He has a player option for next season at $3.2 million. But Allen said that’s hardly a slam dunk he’ll play beyond this season, that this could indeed be his farewell season. ‘It’s possible, yeah,’ Allen said. ‘Who knows what’s going to happen over the course of the summer? I have two years left on my contract. We’ll see how it goes.’”

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=509819249 Gaurav P.

    After a while, I think the mental toll of preparing every single day (especially to the level that Ray does) and pushing yourself day in and day overrides the need/desire to win – especially when you’ve already won throughout your career.

  • spit hot fiyah

    what on earth happened to rashard lewis, is he injured? he was giving them some decent minutes earlier in the year

  • Max

    He’s just Rashard Lewis.

  • bike

    Wish him the best whatever he decides, but Ray is the type of player who could contribute into his early forties (IMO).

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    Watch for him in the postseason. An occasional lineup of LeBron, Wade, Ray, Lewis and Bosh would be tough to defend.

  • Marcuz

    D’antoni would LOVE a line up like that

  • 23

    Him and Kobe are up there with the best preppers of all time. I would say LeBron has developed that as well.

  • 23

    Agreed. But imo only effective in a Fisher-esque role.

  • http://twitter.com/DPisWill DePaul Williams

    Jesus Shuttlesworth it has been an honor to watch you play over your career. I will always remember him for how deadly he was in Seattle, averaging over 25 one year, not to mention the countless three pointers, and of course the Jordan PE’s you gave us the pleasure of seeing over the years.

  • lelbronfan

    He was taken out of the rotation because of defense reasons – as you know coach Spoelstra is a huge numbers guy, and the numbers said that Lewis has to go even though he was making about the same amount of 3s (and with the same percentage) as RayRay,

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  • roscoe

    check that… riley makes all the decision for MIA, Spo is an errand boy.

  • MikeC.

    Future Hall Of Famer, but no team will retire his number.

  • Matt

    It would really be a shame if the Celtics didn’t… He was really a huge part of that organization and I don’t think you can fault him for not resigning with the Celtics.

  • Matt

    And rightly so. Rashard Lewis doesn’t fit into the defensive schemes of the club nor does he contribute much that other players don’t already.

  • MikeC.

    I can’t fault him, but I’m sure the Cs do.