No Rush on Ray Allen's Decision to Retire or Stay in the NBA

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By Justin Noel Cudaihl | August 4, 2014 9:12 PM EST

When LeBron James joined the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2014 offseason, people were banking on the fact that his close friend Ray Allen will follow him immediately to Ohio. The latter has yet to decide—which team to play for or to play in the league at all—on the next move of his colourful NBA career.

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Jun 10, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan (21) drives against Miami Heat guard Ray Allen (34) during the fourth quarter of game three of the 2014 NBA Finals at American Airlines Arena. San Antonio Spurs won 111-92.

"I'm not in any rush," shared the NBA veteran when asked of his decision to play again in the 2014-2015 NBA season during the basketball camp via The Courant.

"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."

No one can argue against Allen’s contentment as he has had a fruitful 18-year NBA career. The 39-year-old suited up for the Milwaukee Bucks (1996 to 2003), who got him in a draft day trade as a 5th overall pick of the Minnesota Timberwolves; Seattle SuperSonics (2003 to 2007); Boston Celtics (2007 to 2012) and the Miami Heat (2012 to 2014).

He won NBA titles with the Celtics (2008) and Heat (2013) and was named to NBA All-Star ten times (2000–2002, 2004–2009, 2011). Allen is widely considered as one of the greatest pure shooters the ever play the game. He holds the record for most three-pointers made all-time with 2,973 3FGM ahead of Reggie Miller (2,560) who is in second place.

Allen averaged 18.9 points, 4.1 rebound and 3.4 assists in his NBA career but those numbers saw considerable dip in his last season with the Miami Heat logging in 9.6 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.0 assists.

However, he is still deadly especially from behind the arc. If he joins James in Cleveland, he’ll join other veteran shooters like Mike Miller and James Jones, both of who also saw time with the Heat in previous seasons.

Join LeBron James or go to retirement? Like his perfect jumpshot, Ray Allen is not rushing anything about this decision.

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(Photo: REUTERS / Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports)
Jun 10, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan (21) drives against Miami Heat guard Ray Allen (34) during the fourth quarter of game three of the 2014 NBA Finals at American Airlines Arena. San Antonio Spurs won 111-92.
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