Cavs, Spurs and Clippers all understood to be monitoring Allen’s situation…
The Washington Wizards have reportedly joined the race to sign veteran star Ray Allen as he continues to mull over his future this summer, CSN Washington reports.
Allen, 39, has insisted that he is content with his career in the league after winning championships with both the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat, and as a result he has hinted at the possibility of retirement.
However, despite his advancing years, interest is still strong in securing his services as the Wizards join the Cleveland Cavaliers, San Antonio Spurs and Los Angeles Clippers in attempting to persuade him to play on for another year.
The Cavs were understood to be favourites to sign him given their moves this summer in bringing LeBron James and Kevin Love to the franchise while also securing point guard Kyrie Irving’s long-term future.
Meanwhile, Allen’s former Heat team-mates Mike Miller and James Jones have also joined up with the Cavaliers, and so it perhaps seemed an obvious choice to join another championship push next season.
However, the Spurs will also be in contention with Coach Gregg Popovich’s system arguably suiting Allen better in the sense that it was take less of a toll on him and his ability to stretch the floor and shoot from three-point range would be effective in San Antonio.
In addition, there is also the possibility of a reunion with former Coach Doc Rivers in Los Angeles, and so Allen has plenty to consider before making his next move.
Nevertheless, he has insisted on two occasions this summer that he will not be rushed over it and there is still a strong feeling that he could well decide to call time on his playing career in order to spend more time with his family.
It remains to be seen what Allen opts to do, but it is clear that he will be joining a title-chasing team next year if he decides to have one more year in the NBA.