Gary Washburn of The Boston Globe, via CSN New England: “Ray wants to play again. I’m sure about that. I don’t think he particularly enjoys watching Stephen Curry rain 3s and challenge his record and be called the best shooter in the world. I think that bothers him. I know Ray wants to extend his all-time 3-point record.”
August 8th, 2016 Updates
It’s unclear if the Celtics are considering bringing Allen back. Boston currently has 18 players under contract, and 16 have fully guaranteed deals for next year. The roster will need to be trimmed to 15 players before the regular season begins. There would be questions about Allen’s defensive capabilities, particularly at his age, but he was known as one of the most well-conditioned athletes in the NBA. If nothing else, it is an intriguing possibility, even if it is a long shot.
Allen, who lives much of the time in Miami, has opened a restaurant called Grown, said he is not yet sure what direction the Heat are taking. How about the Knicks? “Spike Lee has been trying to recruit me,” Allen said. “We’ve been texting.” Lee, the Knicks’ high profile fan, wrote and directed the 1998 film “He Got Game,” in which Allen starred.
Ian Begley: Ray Allen wants to return to the NBA and he told the Hartford Courant that Knicks fan Spike Lee has been texting him about signing in New York. “Spike Lee has been trying to recruit me,” Allen told the newspaper. The Knicks have 14 players under guaranteed contract and would have room to add Allen to a guaranteed contract for the veteran’s minimum.
August 7th, 2016 updates
The Spurs and Clippers have been mentioned, also, but Allen said he has spoken with the Celtics, with whom he won a championship in 2008, and the Bucks, his first NBA stop. “I would love going back to those places if it worked out,” Allen said, “because both teams are good, too. It doesn’t necessarily have to be championship-or-bust for me to go back to the NBA. “I want to be in a situation where I thought I could help, play a little bit and help where they have good young talent.”