Ray Allen announced earlier this week that he would be sitting out the remainder of this season, but that didn’t stop an NBA team from making one last pitch.
Portland Trail Blazers general manager Neil Olshey reached out to Allen’s camp after the Blazers lost shooting guard Wesley Matthews to a season-ending torn Achilles on Thursday night, league sources told Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski.
Olshey was unable to sway the 39-year-old, however, as Allen reportedly did not waver from his decision to sit this season out.
Allen would have filled a need for Portland, which is tasked with finding a way to replicate Matthews’ production. Matthews had started all 60 games for the Blazers this season, averaging 15.9 points per game, and was especially dangerous from deep. His 2.9 made 3-pointers per game led the team and ranked fourth in the NBA.
“I’m frustrated, man. I’m frustrated,” Matthews said Friday, via ESPN.com. “They say everything happens for a reason, and I was thinking it, too. But what was the reason? I can’t find it right now.”
The Blazers, who entered Friday in third place in the Western Conference, now will rely on backups C.J McCollum, Steve Blake and Arron Afflalo to contribute in the backcourt alongside All-Star point guard Damian Lillard.
Thumbnail photo via Soobum Im/USA TODAY Sports Images