Ray Allen has yet to make a decision on where he will decide to play next season. The notion of retirement has come across Allen’s mind, but it seems all signs are pointing to the veteran sharpshooter returning to the league to reek havoc with his three-point shooting abilities. The Cleveland Cavaliers seem to be the legitimate front-runners for Allen’s services, and the Miami Heat organization could care less.
Although Allen has had some pretty historical moments with the Heat franchise, his overall play no longer fits the mold in which this current Heat roster is structured. Allen may be a superb shooter, but his defense leaves a lot to be desired, and his presence on the floor could almost be considered a liability. The Heat are looking for younger, more athletic players, especially on the wing, and Allen no longer fits this prototype player.
Due to Allen’s age, his overall productivity has also been on the steady decline, especially since joining forces with LeBron James in Miami for the last two seasons. While playing in Miami, Allen averaged just 10.2 points on 46 percent shooting from the field and 38 percent from beyond the arc. These are all drastically lower than his career averages, which is a big sign that his productivity has taken a slight nosedive.
As an organization looking to stay in contention, adding a declining player is not a sensible move. This is why Allen won’t be back in a Miami Heat uniform next season, and that is for the best.