Allen interested in NBA comeback, eyes Celtics or Bucks


Ray Allen is seriously weighing up a comeback, with the two-time NBA champion having held talks with former teams the Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks.

Allen - a 10-time NBA All-Star and Olympic Games gold medallist with the United States in 2000 - has not played since he was part of the Miami Heat squad in 2014.

An 18-season veteran, the 41-year-old - who was pick five in the 1995 NBA Draft - feels he is in shape to finally suit up again following contact with the Celtics and Bucks, while the San Antonio Spurs and Los Angeles Clippers have emerged as possible destination.

"I would love going back to those places [Boston or Milwaukee] if it worked out because both teams are good, too," Allen told the Hartford Courant on Saturday.

"It doesn't necessarily have to be championship-or-bust for me to go back to the NBA.

"I want to be in a situation where I thought I could help, play a little bit and help where they have good young talent."

Allen, who has averaged 18.9 points throughout his illustrious career but could officially retire should he not find a suitable role, added: "I worked out the other day in New York with a friend of mine. I was shooting, I was going through my routine just like I'd always done.

"I was a little winded, but I was able to go through my routine like I'd always gone through my routine and I didn't feel like I'd missed any time in doing what I was doing. For me, it's not 'Can I do it anymore?' It's how I feel after I do it. And yesterday, I felt great.

"I could not have learned all that I've learned in 20 years of my life, dealing with coach [Jim] Calhoun, and how to sleep right, eat right, and then go to the NBA and do what I've done there and then afterwards just drop the ball and let everything go. I still weigh the same I weighed in college."

"My decision is predicated on what is available," he continued. "I said that I was interested because I never retired for a reason. I've been watching, seeing what teams have been doing and I've been waiting to see if the opportunity presented itself where I think I could fit."