The start of NBA training camp is just around the corner and Ray Allen is making headlines again. And like the previous two seasons, the grapevine is buzzing on whether he will come out and play.
The last two seasons saw Allen linked to several teams, mostly the ones who were primed for an NBA title run. According to numerous NBA rumors, those teams included the Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, San Antonio Spurs and also his last team, the Miami Heat.
Allen went into a sabbatical since donning the Heat uniform. The Heat lost to the San Antonio Spurs that year and the long-bomb artist quietly exited the basketball scene.
It should be noted that Allen never officially retired though many felt Allen would wind up his career playing for a team that had the best chances of winning an NBA title. But a recent interview with the Courant says otherwise.
Allen admitted that he was in talks with two former teams – the Boston Celtics and the Milwaukee Bucks – regarding a possible return.
“I would love going back to those places if it worked out,” Allen said. “Because both teams are good, too. It doesn’t necessarily have to be championship-or-bust for me to go back to the NBA.”
His revelation does seem interesting and carries a bit of nostalgia. But a peak on the rosters of the Celtics and the Bucks reveals his best chances are with the latter.
The Bucks are the same team that he started his career off following a trade with the Minnesota Timberwolves. He was acquired in exchange for Stephon Marbury in 1996.
The Celtics have a full roster, 18 players at present. Adding Allen seems a long shot unless Danny Ainge starts cutting off other players. If nothing pans out for Allen, this may be the year he officially retires. Unlike Kobe Bryant, he will be exiting the NBA quietly and without the bright lights.