Ray Allen may come back for a 19th NBA season, but if he doesn't, he has no regrets.
The 39-year-old is a two-time NBA champion, 10-time All-Star and holds the NBA record for three-pointers made with 2,973. He was also a gold medalist in 2000.
"I'm not in any rush [to make a decision]," Allen said to Dom Amore of the Hartford Courant Saturday morning. "I've played 18 years, and the way I look at my career, I'm content with everything that I've done. I just want to take this summer and see how it goes."
Allen has been rumored to follow former teammate LeBron James to Cleveland, but he's in no rush to make a decision.
"To continue playing, really, the only argument is I can because I'm in great shape," Allen said. "But just because you can doesn't mean you have to. Many people over these last couple of weeks have lobbied for me to continue to play … My argument for not playing is, I have done a significant amount in my career and I appreciate everything that has come my way and as I've gotten older, I'm 39, there are so many things in life I want to be able to do to affect change — like being around kids full time, which I enjoy.
"So at this point I just feel so good about where I am."
Allen was the fifth pick in the 1996 draft out of UConn by the Timberwolves, but he was traded to Milwaukee that night. He played six full seasons for the Bucks before being traded to the SuperSonics 47 games into the 2002-03 season. He spent the remainder of that season and four more full years with Seattle, five with the Celtics and the last two with the Heat.
He's scored 18.9 points per game in his career, shooting 40 percent from three-point range.
- Chris Mascaro