Ray Allen insists he has not yet made up his mind about where he will sign as a free agent this summer — or whether he will sign anywhere at all.
Yet while the popular speculation has Allen following LeBron James to the Cleveland Cavaliers, Allen told the Boston Herald he is still weighing his options. One of the hang-ups could be that Allen would like to receive a contract above the veteran’s minimum, which seems highly unlikely given his age and increasingly one-dimensional game.
In the meantime, Allen has communicated with Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers, his coach for five seasons with the Boston Celtics.
“A lot have called; Doc called earlier in the summer,” Allen told the Herald’s Mark Murphy. “A lot of teams want to be able to get me at the veteran’s minimum. I still have an ego, too. I still have a service to provide, and teams still have to pay me what I feel my presence is worth. I have to take that into consideration, if it’s worth putting my body through what it will take over 82 games.”
Allen, 39, played in 73 out of a possible 82 games last season, shooting 37.5 percent on 3-pointers and posting a career-low 9.6 points per game. He earned $3.2 million in the final season of a two-year, $6.2 million contract he signed with Miami in 2012.
Allen said over the weekend that he would be “content” retiring from the NBA after 18 seasons as the league’s all-time leading 3-point shooter.