After last night’s Finals loss to the Spurs, the bulk of the focus immediately shifted towards the status of the Big Three—LeBron, Wade and Bosh—who can all opt out of their contracts this summer. Another free agent-to-be on the Heat is Ray Allen, who turns 39 in July.
Allen was asked about his future after the game and was non-committal,
“I’ve had a great career, I’m content with what I’ve done,” Allen said. “It’s hard to think past this moment. In the next couple of days I’ll think about it and see where my true heart lies. One thing is for certain, to make the retirement decision on my terms is the most important thing. Whether that is me retiring, staying here or going somewhere else it will be on my terms. I’ve made it to this point and I felt great that I have the choice to make it for myself.”
The Heat will miss Allen if he does retire or head somewhere else. Even though he’s no longer capable of having the impact he did during his prime, Allen’s maniacal approach in preparing for the game has kept him as a reliable scoring option on the bench. In these playoffs, he averaged a career low 9.3 points in 26.4 minutes of play. In last night’s game, Allen was inserted into the starting lineup, but shot just 1-of-8 from the field in 31 minutes. Still, Allen was still a very dangerous long range threat, as evidenced by his three pointer that clinched the series against Brooklyn in the second round. Whether he wants to push himself to contribute is up to him.
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