Ray Allen knows he is wanted in NBA free agency but is not rushing into a decision on his playing future.
The 39-year-old wants to have his own script on his career.
"I'm not in any rush [to make a decision]," Allen said. "I've played 18 years, and the way I look at my career, I'm content with everything that I've done. I just want to take this summer and see how it goes."
Allen will participate in upcoming events: on Monday he will host a golf tourament, and next Friday he will appear in the Jim Calhoun Charity All-Star Classic at Mohegan Sun, which raises money for cardiac research at UConn.
LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers have hoped to lure Allen.
"To continue playing, really, the only argument is I can because I'm in great shape," Allen said. "But just because you can doesn't mean you have to. Many people over these last couple of weeks have lobbied for me to continue to play. … My argument for not playing is, I have done a significant amount in my career and I appreciate everything that has come my way and as I've gotten older, I'm 39, there are so many things in life I want to be able to do to affect change — like being around kids full time, which I enjoy.
"So at this point I just feel so good about where I am.
"I don't want to go into a situation where I don't understand the coaching, don't understand the direction of the team. My family is very important in making the decision. Right now, there is nothing that I need to do. If I ultimately decide this will be it for me, I'm content with that."