The San Antonio Spurs have been reportedly looking into adding free agent guard Ray Allen to the roster for next season.
When news hit, it sent Spurs fans into a frenzy but since then, things have calmed down and Allen still hasn’t announced where he plans to play next season.
And for Ray, he likes it like that, as he is in no rush to announce where he is taking his talents.
Via Hartford Courant
“I’m not in any rush [to make a decision],” Allen said during a break in the Citi Ray Allen Basketball ProCamp at East Granby High on Saturday morning. “I’ve played 18 years, and the way I look at my career, I’m content with everything that I’ve done. I just want to take this summer and see how it goes….
“To continue playing, really, the only argument is I can because I’m in great shape,” Allen said. “But just because you can doesn’t mean you have to. Many people over these last couple of weeks have lobbied for me to continue to play. … My argument for not playing is, I have done a significant amount in my career and I appreciate everything that has come my way and as I’ve gotten older, I’m 39, there are so many things in life I want to be able to do to affect change — like being around kids full time, which I enjoy.
“So at this point I just feel so good about where I am.”
Not only are the Spurs seeking his services, the Clippers, Dallas Mavericks, and Cavs are also in the hunt. Considering his former teammate LeBron James is now with the Cavs, the smart money would be Allen lands in Cleveland.
However, the Spurs are a ready-made title team. They may not have the star power like Kyrie Irving, James or Kevin Love to attract Allen, but the Spurs have the championship pedigree, depth, and team-chemistry over the Cavs and Clippers. Not to mention, the Spurs also have the full mid-level exception worth roughly $5.3 million to use on a free agent, while the Cavs, Mavs, and Clippers can only offer the veteran minimum.
Allen has played in the NBA for 18 seasons and for Spurs fans and the team itself, Ray is remembered for knocking down the pivotal three-pointer in Game 6 of the 2013 NBA Finals which ended San Antonio’s championship dreams.