Ray Allen SG MIA 1 Month

Ray Allen is "leaning toward" returning for his 19th NBA season, and he reportedly wishes to continue playing alongside LeBron James.

Tethering yourself to LeBron is a great way to ensure you'll play for a championship contender, and Allen even went on vacation with LBJ last week following their Finals defeat. Allen will be 39 years old when the 2014-15 season begins, but he's proven over the past two season that he can still be a key contributor on a winning team.

Ray Allen SG MIA 1 Month

Pat Riley said on Thursday that Ray Allen didn't give him any indication about whether or not he is retiring.

"We probably asked a little bit too much of him," Riley said. Allen was in fantastic shape all season and he looks like he could play for a few more seasons despite how he would be entering his age-39 season next year. He missed just 12 games in the last two seasons with the Heat.

Ray Allen SG MIA 1 Month

Ra Allen said he will see where his "true heart lies" in the next couple days regarding his retirement.

He made it abundantly clear that he's still playing at the NBA level and even drew the start in Game 5 on Sunday. Allen shot 38.8 percent during the postseason in his 26.4 minutes per game and gave plenty of Eastern Conference teams a headache on the playoff run. The fifth pick from the heralded 1996 draft is more than likely coming back next season.

Ray Allen SG MIA 1 Month

Ray Allen replaced Mario Chalmers in the starting lineup on Sunday, but he finished Miami's Game 5 defeat with only five points on 1-of-8 shooting in 31 minutes.

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra had to make some adjustments with the season on the line and he opted for Allen's superior offensive game and veteran poise. The move paid off initially with Miami going on a 22-6 run to start the game, but without Allen on the bench their lack of second-unit production was glaringly obvious -- Michael Beasley led all Heat reserves with nine points. Allen will be an unrestricted FA this summer, adding to the uncertainty surrounding Miami's roster next season.

Ray Allen SG MIA 1 Month

Ray Allen will replace Mario Chalmers in Miami's starting lineup during Sunday's potential elimination game in San Antonio.

Chalmers' terrible play is at the root of coach Erik Spoeltra's decision, but Allen has copious experience in pressure games and he's averaging a respectable 11.0 points on 48.5 percent shooting in the series. He's a capable ball-handler and the Spurs need no reminder about his 3-point prowess, but Allen's offensive contributions won't mean much if Miami doesn't find a way to lock down defensively.

Ray Allen SG MIA 1 Month

Ray Allen said retirement is a possibility on Thursday.

"I guess everything [is factored into the decision]," he said. "You get away from it, you sit down and get an opportunity to think about it. It depends on how my body feels. I love the condition I've been in over the last couple of years. It's just a natural progression." This isn't really a big deal and Allen continues to show he's in terrific shape. He'll likely be back next year.

Ray Allen SG MIA 1 Month

Ray Allen started the second half of Thursday's loss to the Spurs, finishing with eight points, two boards, one turnover and two 3-pointers.

He started in place of Rashard Lewis and coach Erik Spoelstra seems like he has to come up with something new for his starting lineup on Sunday for Game 5. Perhaps Udonis Haslem gets a start or it may be Allen. Ray needs just two more 3-pointers to tie Robert Horry for the most 3-pointers in NBA Finals history.

Ray Allen SG MIA 1 Month

Ray Allen started the second half for Rashard Lewis in Game 4 on Thursday.

The Spurs absolutely dominated the Heat yet again in the first half and coach Erik Spoelstra had to make a move. Gregg Popovich's team has been doing almost whatever they want on offense these days.

Ray Allen SG MIA 1 Month

Ray Allen said on Wednesday that he loves how his body feels right now.

He threw down a dunk in transition in Game 1 and looks to be as in great of shape as he was back when he was drafted in 1996. Allen is one of the greatest and will have a chance to break Robert Horry's record for most career 3-pointers in the NBA Finals this week. It sounds like he's going to be ready to go for next season.

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Ray Allen played 32 minutes vs. the Spurs during Game 1's 110-95 loss on Thursday, making 6-of-12 from the field for 16 points with three boards, three assists, five steals and three 3-pointers.

He suffered a bloody nose in the first half, but it didn't seem to affect him at all despite how his production dropped after that injury. The Spurs kept their eyes on Allen in transition, which was something the Pacers forgot to do in the Eastern Conference Finals. Obviously, the Spurs are a completely different challenge.