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Height: 6-5 / 1.96
Weight:205 lbs. / 93 kg.
Height: 6-5 / 1.96
Weight:205 lbs. / 93 kg.
“I know Ray probably didn’t like Rondo that much, but it wasn’t a fact of not liking somebody. You don’t have to like everybody you play with — it’s a matter of showing support. “Rondo probably didn’t like Ray either, but he came to Ray’s functions to show, ‘Hey, we’re together in this.’
Though much has been made of it, Pierce said, people don’t understand he wasn’t all that close to Allen to begin with. “It was a weird relationship,” Pierce conceded. “We were all good friends on the court, but Ray always did his own thing. That’s just the way Ray was. Even when we were playing together, we’d be having a team dinner and Ray wouldn’t show up. We’d go to his charity events but Ray wouldn’t show up to somebody else’s. “I called him on it. I said, ‘Man, Ray, we support all your stuff but when we ask you, you don’t come to ours.’ I remember when Rondo re-signed with Boston, we had a little dinner at a restaurant and Ray didn’t show up.
“It was a weird relationship,” Pierce conceded. “We were all good friends on the court, but Ray always did his own thing. That’s just the way Ray was. Even when we were playing together, we’d be having a team dinner and Ray wouldn’t show up. We’d go to his charity events but Ray wouldn’t show up to somebody else’s. I called him on it. I said, ‘Man, Ray, we support all your stuff but when we ask you, you don’t come to ours.’ I remember when Rondo re-signed with Boston, we had a little dinner at a restaurant and Ray didn’t show up. I know Ray probably didn’t like Rondo that much, but it wasn’t a fact of not liking somebody. You don’t have to like everybody you play with — it’s a matter of showing support. Rondo probably didn’t like Ray either, but he came to Ray’s functions to show, ‘Hey, we’re together in this.’ It’s not a bad thing with Ray. We had a great relationship on the court. But even the year we won it, after a game we’d say, ‘Let’s go have something to eat and have a night with the older guys.’ We’d get there and it would be me, Kevin and Sam (Cassell), but no Ray. In a lot of ways, me, Sam and Kevin were our Big Three. It just got to the point where it was, ‘That’s Ray.’ No hard feelings. Everyone made such a big deal of us not talking after we left, but there really wasn’t much there.”
“I turn on ESPN and I see, ‘No Love for K-Love,’ or something like that, and it’s kind of silly to me,” Perkins said. “I haven’t seen anything to the point that it’s drama. … I don’t think Ray and KG were best buddies in Boston. I was best friends with Rondo. I hung out with KG a little bit, but I wasn’t best friends with him.”
When Danny Ainge traded for Ray Allen on draft night in 2007, the legendary shooter was recovering from double ankle surgery. But Ainge believed that Allen still had plenty left. He parted with Wally Szcerbiak, Delonte West and Jeff Green due to that belief. When Allen announced last week that he had decided to not return this season, thus ending the courtship of at least five playoff teams, Ainge had a similar thought. “He has basketball left in him,” the Celtics’ president of basketball operations said. “I don’t know what Ray’s plans are, but he could play again if he wants to.”
It became evident as the season progressed and Ray Allen was making more appearances at college games or just enjoying life that he was unlikely to return to the NBA this season. Allen, 39, was contemplating a midseason return but released a statement through his agent that he will take the year off and consider playing in 2015-16. Allen has always taken immaculate care of his body and was a productive player in his final season with the Miami Heat last year, but the market for a 40-year-old sharpshooter may shrink this summer considering Allen has missed an entire season .
Perhaps the Portland Trail Blazers could’ve been an ideal scenario for Ray Allen to return to the NBA: A championship contender in a tradition-rich market losing one of the league’s best three-point shooters to a devastating injury. In the wake of Wesley Matthews tearing his Achilles’ tendon on Thursday night, Blazers general manager Neil Olshey made a call to agent Jim Tanner on Friday morning on the chance that Allen might reconsider his decision to sit out the 2014-15 season, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
“Ray has received enormous interest from a number of NBA teams throughout this season,” Tanner said. “We will communicate with interested teams as Ray makes a decision for the 2015-16 season.”
Ten-time NBA All-Star Ray Allen will not play during the 2014-15 NBA season, announced his agent Jim Tanner, President of Tandem Sports + Entertainment. Allen will take the remainder of this season and the off-season to reassess for the 2015-16 NBA season. “Over the past several months, I have taken a lot of time to deliberate what is best for me,” Allen said. “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 off-season, to reassess my situation, spend time with my family and determine if I will play in the 2015-16 season.”
James laughed when asked if passing Allen will be enough incentive to draw him back onto an NBA roster since James now leads him by one point. “Make one 3 and then retire?” he joked. “I’m going to call him. I’ll say something about it.”
LeBron James: Learned so much from one of my favorite people in the whole world Ray Allen!! Every single day he gave me knowledge about either basketball, family, being a professional, handling it all both on and off the court!! Thanks for allowing me in the history books with u Jesus Shuttlesworth. Miss and love u bro!!
Windhorst: “Ray Allen is not gonna sign with the Cavs. I don’t think he’s gonna play. If he decides he wants to, it won’t be with the Cavs.”
They reached out to Josh Smith after the Detroit Pistons waived him, but he opted to sign with the Houston Rockets. They recruited Kendrick Perkins hard after the Utah Jazz bought him out and before he decided to join LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. They had their sights set on Kevin Garnett and Tayshaun Prince before both were traded back to their original teams at the deadline. They still have an open invitation out to Ray Allen, but he appears content to stay retired.
KC Johnson: Like most teams in contact with Ray Allen’s camp, the Bulls never got sense one way or other whether he’d play. Reports saying no now.
There has long been an assumption the Cleveland Cavaliers would be frontrunners to sign Allen, but teams had been told that Allen would be open to opportunities throughout the league if he decided to play. Most contenders had an interest in Allen, but several have lost eagerness in checking with his agent about the status of Allen’s decision process.
Among numerous NBA executives with an interest in signing free-agent guard Ray Allen, there’s a growing belief that Allen will not play in the league this season. Allen still hasn’t delivered word through his agent Jim Tanner that he wants to play – never mind begin the process of choosing a team, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Allen has been working out, but nothing to the level that would indicate an imminent return to get into NBA playing shape, sources tell Yahoo Sports. Still, there’s time for Allen to make a decision, but as one general manager said Friday, “It’s getting late in the game for this to happen.”
Memphis has expressed interest in the best free-agent shooter languishing on a couch and remains interested in veteran Ray Allen. The veteran sharpshooter is expected to make a decision soon about whether he’ll return to the NBA this season. Allen has long spurned Memphis’ overtures. He isn’t short on options. Cleveland, the Los Angeles Clippers, Golden State, San Antonio, Chicago, Washington and Atlanta are among the contenders that have expressed interest in Allen.
Most of the teams in the mix for Will Bynum are waiting to see what unrestricted free agent Ray Allen does before making any kind of move, but the 32-year-old Bynum should receive a lot of interest once Allen is off the market.
The Cavs have been in contact with Ray Allen’s camp in recent days, but still no decision has been made on where (or even if) Allen will play this season. It remains possible Allen has played his last NBA game.