For those wondering about the status of Ray Allen:
According to several sources, the Heat has not only had a standing offer to Allen to return to the team ever since the 2014 offseason, but it made additional overtures as recently as this summer.
Allen, however, has never bit.
This shouldn’t be all that surprising, if you were aware of his frustration during his final season in Miami, the one that ended with a five-game Finals loss to the Spurs; he made that frustration, about everything from scheduling to rotations, well enough known to Heat teammates, coaches and officials, that it has been frequently relayed to reporters (like this one) since.
All of that aside, if anyone could return at age 40 after a 19-month absence, and still perform at a high level, it would be Allen, one of the best-conditioned athletes the sport has ever seen. And he appears to still be in excellent shape, judging by all the running he’s doing on South Florida’s roadways, as displayed on his Instagram account.
Ray Allen bitching about his role? You don’t say…
I think by 2018, maybe for the 10 year anniversary celebration of the 2008 championship team, I’ll finally be okay with Ray’s decision to leave Boston for Miami.