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Unrestricted free agent Ray Allen is reportedly contemplating retirement.

Allen is in no rush to select his next team, as he's not sure whether he wants to play, or call it quits on his career. Allen is the NBA's all-time leader in 3-point makes with 2973, and over 19-years of professional play Allen has shot 40.0 percent from beyond the arc. Needless to say, if Mr. Allen chooses to retire, the NBA will be losing one of the best shooters to ever play the game.

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The Cavaliers are reportedly pursuing free agent Ray Allen.

This is a transparent move to lure LeBron James back to Cleveland, as Allen has said that he'd like to continue his career alongside LBJ. It's doubtful Allen will make any decisions before LeBron, but Cleveland has nothing to lose by expressing interest in Allen (and leaking it to the media). If the Cavs fail to land LeBron, they're expected to pursue Trevor Ariza and other free agents with their copious salary-cap space.

Ray Allen SG MIA 5 Months

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.