After the news had broken that LeBron James has decided to opt out from his Miami Heat contract at the end of this season, shooting guard Ray Allen is contemplating another season with Erik Spoelstra's men, according to ESPN.
If Allen decides to extend his stay at Miami Heat he will be featuring in his 19th NBA season, making it his third year at the Miami franchise.
But speaking to ESPN, Allen made it clear that his future will be determined on his terms as no final decision has been decided yet.
"One thing is for certain, to make a retirement decision on my own terms is the most important thing," Allen said.
"Whether that is me retiring, me staying here or going somewhere else, it will be on my terms. I felt great that I have the choice to make it for myself."
In the regular season Allen featured 73 ties for Miami Heat and averaged 9.6 points and 2.0 assists a game, and in the postseason the 38-year-old featured 20 times for Spoelstra's team averaging 9.3 points a game in 26.4 minutes.
The two time NBA Champion helped Miami clinch their second NBA title as Allen was one of the silent heroes who could have helped the Eastern Conference franchise secure a three-peat, but this dream was short-lived after a 4-1 defeat to San Antonio Spurs in the NBA Finals.
Allen's 18 year career has spanned from 1996 when he began his NBA career with the Milwaukee Bucks, where he was named an NBA All-Star for two years running with his best points scoring season coming in 1999-00 when Allen averaged 22.1 points a game, before going on to join the Seattle Supersonics.
After four years with the Seattle franchise the shooting guard went on to join Boston where he spent four years and helped the Celtics to an NBA Championship in 2008, his first of his professional career.
Doc Rivers featured Allen for 14 games in the post season in their run up to their NBA Championship, as the 38-year-old averaged 40.4 minutes and 18.3 points a game.
If Allen continues his long serving career he'll be alongside some of the fellow NBA stars who have played in the NBA for 19 years such as Jason Kidd, Shaquille O'Neal and Karl Malone.
But for now at Heat, the option still stands on whether Allen will stay considering LeBron James will opt out of Miami Heat this season, as the small forward has been a key source to Miami's success over the years, and now with his departure looking certain it could be Allen's role to help the youngsters come through the ranks.
The next couple of weeks will play a huge part in where Miami will be next season, as players will be leaving, youngsters will be coming into the franchise, and players' futures are still undecided.
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