Throughout much of the offseason, there were rumors that Ray Allen was hoping to make a comeback after a two-year absence. Things had quieted down on that front leading up to the season. In a letter to himself on the Player’s Tribune, Allen finally announced his retirement from the NBA.
I write this to you today as a 41-year-old man who is retiring from the game. I write to you as a man who is completely at peace with himself.
In 18 seasons in the league, Allen averaged 18.9 points per game while earning 10 All-Star Game selections, two NBA titles, and holds the NBA record for most three-pointers made. During the prime of his career, he was one of the best scorers in the league with nine straight seasons with 20-plus points. Allen is also regarded by many as one of best shooters in NBA history.
There was speculation this offseason that Allen was entertaining a return to the league after he last played for the Miami Heat during the 2013-14 season. He was rumored to be interested in coming back to either the Boston Celtics or Milwaukee Bucks. However, with no deal in place Allen may have decided to officially end a sure-fire Hall of Fame career.