Last summer Ray Allen decided to take his shooting talents to South Beach, rather than sticking with the Boston Celtics and sharing minutes with Avery Bradley and Jason Terry.
Allen’s season with the Miami Heat has had its ups and downs. Dwyane Wade naturally shoulders a lot of the minutes at the shooting guard position, which has left Allen averaging 25.6 minutes per game this season – the lowest in his 18-season long career.
The greatest 3-point shooter in the history of the NBA signed for less money in order to play with the Heat, and has a $3.2 million player option in his contract for next season. According to Chris Tomasson, Allen has not considered whether he would like to exercise that option:
“One thing I don’t worry about is my contract during the year,’’ said the Heat guard. “I focus on what goes on (during the season), and I’ll deal with that when the time comes.’’
It is not surprising that Allen leaves all the contract discussions until the offseason, as a lot can still happen between now and the postseason.
Allen is also interested in pursuing an acting career once he retires. It is an appealing field to the 37-year-old veteran, who appeared in Spike Lee’s film “He Got Game” in 1998 together with Denzel Washington.
Despite his age, Allen could still play a couple of years in the league. He is a prime example of a player who does an excellent job taking care of his body throughout the years and has practically never been out of shape in his career.
The way the Heat are playing right now, you can expect Allen to stay in Miami for at least one more season.
Vytis is a Miami Heat and NBA columnist for RantSports. You can follow him on Twitter: @VytisLasaitis