Sources close to Ray Allen believe that the Miami Heat shooting guard is to forgo retirement and look to return to the NBA for his 19th season in the league.

Allen and the Heat come off a 4-1 NBA finals defeat to the San Antonio Spurs but the sharpshooter seems to be driven to return to hardwood next season in a Miami uniform.

The NBA's all-time leading three point artist also has expressed a desire to continue playing alongside LeBron James and hopes the 'King' will re-sign with the Miami franchise after recently opting out of his contract.

Allen and James have developed a very close friendship over the two seasons they have spent together in Miami and the pair even vacationed with each other after the Finals defeat to the Spurs.

Sources claim that Allen is leaning towards playing again next season and the news comes just after LeBron James had notified the Heat on Tuesday that he will be opting out of his current contract.

James will become an unrestricted free agent on July 1st, he will be in the same situation Allen will be as they both hit the free agency market.

Other Heat players could also opt out of their current contracts as both Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh have those specific stipulations in their deals, although neither has announced any plans to do so.

Ray Allen is currently the third oldest active player in the league and will turn 39-years-old on July 20th, the three-point marksman only trails Steve Nash and Mike James in age in today's NBA.

Despite the incredible milage on the body of Allen, he played 73 regular season games along with all 20 of the Heat's post season contests and averaged 9.3 points per game on 41% shooting in the playoffs.

After the Heat were defeated in the NBA finals, Allen was asked how he felt about the state and future of his professional career, he responded: "One thing is for certain, to [make a retirement decision] on my terms is the most important thing, Whether that is me retiring, staying here or going somewhere else, it will be on my terms. I've made it to this point, and I felt great that I have the choice to make it for myself."

Ray Allen will be hoping that LeBron will return to Miami so that he can get his hands on some more NBA silverware but for the mean time, he wonders the future destination of James much like the rest of us.

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