The Cleveland Cavaliers can never surround LeBron James and company with too many shooters, right? On Wednesday, future Hall-of-Fame sharpshooter Ray Allen's representatives reached out to the Cavs, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers, and San Antonio Spurs on a possible return to the NBA after a two-year break, according to ESPN's Chris Broussard.
Allen, who retired following the 2013-14 season, has been out of professional basketball since his retirement. But, it seems as though the guard may return to the league if he can land with a championship contender. Although there is mutual interest with he and the Cavs, James has not been actively recruiting his former teammate to Cleveland, per cleveland.com's Chris Haynes.
One of the greatest three-point shooters of all-time, Allen lit up the scoreboard from three-point land during his 18-year career. In his career, the University of Connecticut product averaged 18.9 points, 4.1 rebounds, 3.4 assists, and 1.1 steals per game while shooting 45.2 percent from the field and 40 percent from beyond the arc in 1,300 games (1,149 starts).
In his last season in the NBA in 2013-14, the sharpshooter averaged 9.6 points, 2.8 rebounds, and 2.0 assists in 26.5 minutes per game while shooting 44.2 percent from the field and 37.5 percent from three-point range (his lowest since 2009-10). As of teammates of James when the two were with the Miami Heat during two seasons from 2012-14, the veteran averaged 10.3 points, 2.8 rebounds, and 1.8 assists while shooting 44.6 percent from the field and 39.8 percent from arc.
Although Allen isn't 100 percent sure he wants to return, it's obvious that the 40-year-old (will turn 41 on July 20) is trying to add another championship ring to his collection, if Allen is truly looking to return for another season and is interested in coming to The Land, he would be another scoring option off the Cavs' bench, along with the addition of Mike Dunleavy, who the wine and gold acquired for Wednesday night.
Some might wonder if Allen is just too old, washed up, and can only shoot. But, with the Cavs, he would be a role player who would be called upon when more shooting was needed on the floor. If the Cavs made the NBA Finals relying upon Wally Sczerbiak as their shooter off the bench (once upon a time), then having even an elder Ray Allen would work just fine.