Free agent guard Ray Allen told The Hartford Courant on Aug. 3 he hasn't officially retired from the NBA. If the right offer came along, Allen said he would seriously consider it.
Ray Allen is not yet retiring from the NBA.
Allen made the revelation to The Hartford Courant's Dom Amore on Aug. 3. He was organizing a local basketball camp for disadvantaged youth:
"I haven't said anything about that and I won't officially retire. Because if something came to the table, contractually and situational-ly, I want to be able to take a strong look at it. I don't want to be that guy that says he's retiring and then is coming back."
Several NBA teams reached out to the 40-year-old Allen last season. He told Amore "a quarter to half" of the 30 teams tried to convince him to return in time for the postseason.
On March 4, Allen stated he would not play in the NBA. NBA.com's Steve Aschburner obtained the information from Tandem Sports + Entertainment.
Back then, Allen said he needed some time to go over his situation. He also wanted more time with his family:
"Over the past several months, I have taken a lot of time to deliberate what is best for me. I've ultimately decided that I won't play this NBA season. I'm going to take the remainder of this season, as well as the upcoming offseason, to re-assess my situation, spend time with my family and determine if I will play in the 2015-16 season."
"Ray has received enormous interest from a number of NBA teams throughout this season," agent Jim Tanner told NBA.com. "We will communicate with interested teams as Ray makes a decision for the 2015-16 season."
Allen now has not played a full NBA season. He told The Hartford Courant he does not miss the rigors of the NBA grind:
"I didn't miss it. I realized how much time I missed not being home with my kids. I probably missed it in the Finals. Watching (the) Cleveland (Cavaliers) and Golden State (Warriors) play, it just seemed like an epic battle that required a lot of precision on the floor and that's when I felt, that was probably the only time that I felt like, 'Man, I should have been out there.'
"It would be one thing if I played 10 or 11 years. But playing 18, I got a lot out of it. I like the feeling of knowing I don't have to beat myself into the ground."
Allen also said his daughter, Tierra, has graduated from Quinnipiac University. Allen wants to finish his communications degree at the University of Connecticut, per Amore:
"I haven't decided whether I'm going to do the fall semester or the spring semester. I started a couple of years ago. I took a couple of courses online, so I got a start. I learned some good stuff, too.
"It was a very good part of my year; I spent a good part of time on it.
"I've always been about progress and accomplishment. When you set your mind toward a goal, you continue to have follow-through. That's kind of ironic, because that's what I've done my whole life, follow through with my jump shot.
"I want to have that same follow-through in life, to have that degree. My daughter graduated from Quinnipiac this past year, so the whole time I was thinking about it -- she beat me to the punch. I'm so proud of her. It's a badge of honor.
"I've always said I didn't want to coach. But I can't coach in college because I don't have my degree. So I want to give myself opportunities. A degree is something everyone should have."
Allen told Amore he's happy for Scott Burell and Kevin Ollie. Both are two of his former teammates. Burrell is the new head coach of the Southern Connecticut Owls. Ollie is in his fourth season as head coach of the Connecticut Huskies.
Allen also told The Hartford Courant he loves working with children:
"It's a great responsibility. And it's a responsibility I love, I cherish. My kids, my nephews are amongst these kids...It's important for parents to put kids in positions where they can succeed and to teach competition because competition exists not only in sports."
Allen last played in the 2013-14 NBA season. He helped the Miami Heat reach the 2014 NBA Finals against the San Antonio Spurs. He averaged 9.6 points on 37.5 percent shooting from three-point distance, per Aschburner.
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