Ray Allen is quite happy despite not being on a team. He's staying in shape, but still has absolutely no rush to get back on an NBA roster.
The 10-time All-Star and two-time NBA Champion deserves a bit of a rest 19 years into his career, knowing that he is still a wanted man.
There are several teams who would be interested in Allen's services, and the Cleveland Cavaliers are a front-runner, but for the meanwhile he is happy where he is, being at home with family.
The free agent guard told the Hartford Courant's Dom Amore that he's enjoying his time off just hanging out at home.
"I've just been home, taking my kids to school," said Allen, who has been contemplating whether to retire after 18 seasons in the NBA. "I'm working out, taking care of my body. I'm in great shape.
"I'll just watch how the season progresses, and if I do feel the desire to continue to play, then I'll decide what situation is viable for me." - Ray Allen
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He decided to prepare on his own timetable, rather than go through the rigors of a training camp. He says he could be ready to play in about a week.
"I still feel certain aches and pains; that's definitely old age," he said. "To be able to run, and back off a little bit, lift, and back off a little bit instead of going at it 100 percent all the time like I've been doing has helped."
No one seems to know what Allen's time table is, though Boston Celtics general manager Danny Ainge said it could be December or January, giving him a chance to watch various contending teams and see who's playing well and where he'd fit best.
We've all been talking about the 82-game schedule being far too much for players, so maybe Allen has just preemptively saved him some wear and tear on his 39-year old body.
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