LeBron James Recruited Ray Allen to Join the Cavs While in Miami

by January 22, 2015

Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James didn’t just recently go to Miami to recover from injuries; he also used the trip to South Beach to try and convince Ray Allen to join him in Ohio.

According to multiple reports, the former teammates met in Miami to discuss Allen’s future, but the 39-year old future Hall of Famer hasn’t made up his mind yet.

Allen last played in the 2014 NBA Finals, which the Miami Heat lost to the San Antonio Spurs in five games.

Per ESPN and the NEOMG:

During James’ Miami jaunt, the four-time MVP met with free-agent guard and former Miami Heat teammate Ray Allen to try to appeal to the league’s all-time leader in 3-pointers again about joining the Cavs this season, multiple sources said.


Apart from James’ face-to-face meeting with Allen, several other members of the Cavs have kept in contact with the shooting guard this season — James Jones and Mike Miller, who also were Allen’s teammates in Miami, as well as associate head coach Tyronn Lue, who was an assistant coach for the Boston Celtics when Allen played there. […] Allen also vacationed with Jones and James this summer when they all visited the Bahamas together along with their families.


The meeting took place before the Cavaliers made the deal to bring in guards J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert, a source said. Cleveland still has interest in Allen should he elect to continue playing, I’m told. […] According to a source close to Allen, the future Hall-of-Famer still hasn’t decided if he will extend his career or call it quits after 18 years.