Future Hall of Famer Ray Allen has today delivered a crushing blow to a host of NBA teams hoping to have the veteran on their roster for the final months of the 2014-15 season.
Making it official
In an official statement the shooting guard confirmed that he will not be taking to the court at all this season, revealing he plans to revaluate the situation prior to the 2015-16 campaign.
The news will dishearten a number of teams who have been keeping tabs on Allen. a list that includes everyone from the Cleveland Cavaliers, San Antonio Spurs, Atlanta Hawks and his most recent employers the Miami Heat.
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"Over the past several months, I have taken a lot of time to deliberate what is best for me," read Allen's official statement.
"I've ultimately decided that I will not play this NBA season. I'm going to take the remainder of this season, as well as the upcoming offseason, to reassess my situation, spend time with my family and determine if I will play in the 2015-15 season."
Allen has found himself in high demand since leaving the Heat way back at the end of the 2013-14 season and, despite little official word from his camp, rumors of a return to aid a playoff contender have been prominent with the veteran keeping himself in shape via on-court work.
Clearly though, Allen has now decided against getting back into the league at this stage and, at 39 years of age, you have to wonder whether he will ever play in the NBA again despite his promise to consider the 2015-16 campaign.
"Ray has received enormous interest from a number of NBA teams throughout this season," Allen's agent, JIm Tanner added in the official statement released today.
"We will communicate with interested teams as Ray makes a decision for the 2015-16 season."
High up amongst those teams dealt a blow today will be the Cleveland Cavaliers. It was public knowledge that LeBron James had, at various stages this season, attempted to convince his former teammate to come on board in Cleveland.
At least the Cavs now know that if they can't have Ray Allen and his ice-cool clutch shooting, then no one will.