Ray Allen states that he will most probably continue playing next season
Miami Heat fans can certainly be not 100 percent satisfied with the way their favorite has been playing as of lately. Although the Heat are considered as one of the strongest favorites for the title this season, they have dropped some games against easy opponents. Nonetheless, the latest news from South Beach should give the Heat a reason to remain optimistic for this and the next season. As reported, Ray Allen plans to keep on playing for the next season.
Allen, aged 38, will turn 39 this summer. Nonetheless, his body seems to be in a very good shape. He also confirms that fact, pointing out that he simply loves how his body feels. The sharpshooting veteran proves that almost every time he steps foot on the court. He plays with aggressiveness and although he experienced some small periods of slump with his shooting stroke, he is still considered one of the best three-point shooters in the league. He definitely ranks amongst the top three shooters from distance, while it wouldn’t be a surprise to rank him at the No.1 spot of the list.
The 2014-2015 season will be the 19th of Allen’s career. As he stated, he feels great to be a member of the Miami Heat organization. Playing alongside LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and the rest of the Heat players has been a superb experience for him. He pointed out that his desire is to keep playing in Miami and with this group of teammates.
Whilst his contract expires this summer, he and the team are expected to agree on a deal, at least for one more season. Allen currently earns $3.2 million annually. However, we could see him agreeing to stay in South Beach even for the veteran’s minimum. After all, he was the one to turn down an offer from the Boston Celtics with twice the value than Miami’s offer, two summers back.
In his two seasons with the Heat, Allen has built great chemistry with the team. On top of that, he has been a big factor in Miami’s success since his arrival. With his ultra-clutch three-pointer during Game 6 of the 2013 NBA Finals, he was the one to save the season for the Heat, who later on went on to win the championship.
This season Allen is averaging just 9.3 points per game, less than half of his career average. He is also shooting with percentages lower than his career averages, 43.5 percent from the floor and 35.0 percent from three-point range. His minutes are close to the ones he saw last season with the Heat, 26.4.
Ray Allen might not be as a dominant player now as he was back during his Boston Celtics era. But he certainly has lots of fuel left in his basketball tank. After all, the Heat don’t need him to put up 20 points per night. All they need him to do is what he currently does, space the floor, allowing LeBron James and Dwyane Wade penetrate, and save a bunch of games thanks to his clutch shooting skills.