Ray Allen officially announced his retirement two years after playing in his final game in June of 2014 with the Miami Heat.
Allen had interest in playing in 14-15, 15-16 and even this season if the right opportunity presented itself.
“After the 2014 Finals, I didn’t really think I was done and I thought there would be an opportunity,” Allen said. “Then, I was thinking I didn’t necessarily need or want to go to training camp. So I was going to wait and see if there was a team that made sense for me.
“That first year went by, and it didn’t make sense. There was nowhere I thought I could fit in. Coming into last year, I said, ‘Well, let’s see how it goes again. I started thinking, ‘Do I really want to do it? Do I want to be with my children? Or do I want to be away from my children?’ Then again, there wasn’t a situation that was worth it. Two years went by so quickly.”
Allen said the right situation would have been the opportunity to compete for a title, playing time and playing for a coach who doesn't wear players out with practices.
“If a team made me an offer I couldn’t refuse, then I would’ve looked at it more seriously,” Allen said. “The way that year shaped up, nobody was knocking on my door saying, ‘We would love to have you.’ If I’m going to play, I’m going to have to move. I would have to leave my family or move my family. I didn’t feel I want to do that.
“One of the biggest factors was for me not to go back was the simple fact that I won twice already. I believed going into the 14-15 season, if I hadn’t won a championship, then I would’ve been on somebody’s roster. I would’ve moved. I would’ve tried to make it work anyway possible.”
The Houston Rockets offered the full mid-level exception to Allen in 2014.