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The Atlanta Hawks have reportedly held talks with the representative of NBA veteran Ray Allen, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Allen has not returned to the NBA so far this season after his contract expired with the Miami Heat at the end of last year but speculation has linked him with a move in the coming weeks.
While the veteran star has continued to keep in shape as well as hinting at the possibility of returning, there has been no shortage of teams interested in acquiring him to give them a boost ahead of the playoffs.
“The Hawks have had discussions with representatives for free agent Ray Allen but nothing is imminent, according to a person familiar with the discussions,” the AJC reported.
“The Hawks may be reluctant to disrupt the chemistry of a team that holds the best record in the NBA. However, the team lost guard/forward Thabo Sefolosha for six to eight weeks with a right calf strain.”
The 39-year-old is expected to make a decision on his future during the All-Star break, and the Cleveland Cavaliers had been considered the favourites to land his signature given the appeal of reuniting with LeBron James.
However, the Hawks continue to lead the way in the Eastern Conference this season with a 42-9 record, and if Allen feels as though they give him the best possible fit and opportunity to win another championship, he may well give stronger consideration to joining Mike Budenholzer’s team.
Nevertheless, retirement is still on the table for Allen who has enjoyed a productive career in the NBA but given that the Chicago Bulls, Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs have all shown an interest in him in recent months, it is clear that many believe that he is still has plenty to offer.