It seems as if the Cleveland Cavaliers off-season haul is not yet coming to a close. Sharpshooter and all-time three-point leader Ray Allen has told those close to him that he will be returning for a 19th NBA season, according to ESPN. Chris Broussard of ESPN was first to break the news:
Source: Ray Allen has told those close to him that he’ll play next season. Cleveland frontrunner but not 100 pct definite
— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) August 9, 2014
Although no team has been officially made, it can be inferred that the Cavaliers are the frontrunners to land Ray Allen. After playing the last two seasons in Miami with LeBron James, Allen has mentioned that if he would return to the NBA for one more season, it would be alongside LeBron. James has already been able to bring in two other previous perimeter specialist teammates in Mike Miller and James Jones. Allen would, much like Miller and Jones, be able to provide more spacing for Cleveland stars such as LeBron and Kyrie Irving. Spacing is something that Irving has not been surrounded by guys like Miller, Jones and Allen in his three years in the NBA. Not being the focus of team’s defenses is going to help his game tremendously, and Allen would be able to help out with that even more so.
Add Kevin Love to the mix and the off-season for the Cavs has been determined by LeBron returning to Cleveland. Add Ray Allen and the Cavaliers will have an excellent mix of veteran shooters, young talent, bench help and superstars. The roster is really taking form now, and it is for certain that Cleveland will be putting all of their eggs in the championship basket this season.
At 39-years old, Ray Allen is coming off of a season where he shot 44.2 percent from the field, 37.5 percent from three and 90.5 percent from the free throw line. Allen also averaged 9.6 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.0 assists. The 10-time NBA veteran also played in 73 games last season, starting nine of them.