Ray Allen Turned Down the Milwaukee Bucks

Just about every NBA team could use Ray Allen’s dead-eye shooting and veteran leadership.

Bucks head coach Jason Kidd informed the media Tuesday that Milwaukee was among the many suitors for the future Hall of Famer this past summer.

Allen, a free agent who’s undecided on playing this season, apparently didn’t want to return to where his career began.

Per the Journal Sentinel:

“We did contact Ray,” Kidd said. “He’s weighing his options to see where he wants to go. But we did have interest.”


Allen played the first 6 1/2 seasons of his career with the Bucks and helped lead the 2001 team to the Eastern Conference finals. Former Bucks coach George Karl traded Allen to the Seattle SuperSonics at the trade deadline in 2003 in a deal that brought Gary Payton to Milwaukee for just 28 regular-season games.


“We thought, just like the fans, that it might be a good situation for him to be able to come back and also teach the young guys,” Kidd said. […] “We thought he would be a good piece for us to try to get but he didn’t have any interest.”