The Miami Heat have already lost the face of their franchise this offseason with LeBron James jumping ship to Cleveland, and according to reports this week the South Florida franchise were preparing to see Ray Allen follow his former teammate to the Cavaliers.
But the veteran clutch shooter's agent had some good news for Miami Heat fans Friday, announcing that said reports linking him to the Ohio franchise were unfounded:
"The reports that Ray Allen intends to play for the Cavs are unfounded," Allen's agent said via Heat beat reporter Barry Jackson.
"He has not yet decided if he will play next season or for which team."
Good news come to those who wait
Despite his age, Ray Allen has continued to be a key cog in the Miami Heat machine over the past couple of seasons. And whilst, as intermitted by his agent, the shooting guard may still opt to leave the Miami Heat this offseason in favor of retirement or one last challenge in the NBA, it is positive that he hasn't decided against a return to the American Airlines Arena just yet.
Allen's production suffered last season, but the former Celtics man remained an integral role player for the Miami Heat - offering unrivalled experience off the bench and with the Heat in somewhat of a transitionary phase they could use a wise head next season as they look to juggle a rebuild with a championship run.
Reuniting with LeBron
The reports to which Ray Allen's agent were referring first stemmed from the Boston Globe this week and the idea that Allen is keen on continuing to partner LeBron James has gained traction since.
The pair enjoyed great success during their two year run with the Heat, with James' dominant play opening up all kinds of space for Ray Allen to make those trademark threes.
James' shock decision to return home to Cleveland however has apparently made Allen's own decision slightly more complicated with the issue of uprooting his family from Miami to Cleveland an obvious dilemma for a man who most likely has one year left in him max.
Allen in Miami
Eric Spoelstra at present has a roster that looks far less imposing that last season in the absence of four-time MVP LeBron James. The Heat franchise have however been able to convince Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh to stick around, whilst adding the solid skill set of Brit Luol Deng.
Convincing Ray Allen to play one more year would also keep in place one of the foundations of the Heat's run to the 2013 title, whilst the likes of James Ennis and Shabazz Napier could find few better people in the entire NBA from which to learn the ropes as they make the step up from college basketball.