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Ray Allen leaning towards signing with Cavs over retirement

Ray Allen HeatRay Allen is leaning towards joining LeBron James in Cleveland instead of retiring, according to a report.

The Boston Globe’s Gary Washburn tweeted the news on Wednesday night, saying Allen is “leaning towards” returning for his 19th season.

Allen turned 39 this week, but he keeps himself in phenomenal shape and has averaged around 26 minutes per game each of the past two seasons, so we have little doubts about his physical ability to continue playing.

The expectation all along has been that Allen would go wherever LeBron chose to go in free agency, so this does not come as a surprise. If he does sign with Cleveland, that would mean the Cavaliers have added James Jones, Mike Miller and Allen — all three of whom are favorite teammates of James from Miami.

Chris Andersen, Ray Allen, Mike Miller could join LeBron in Cleveland

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LeBron James may be changing scenery for the next several years, but that doesn’t mean he can’t bring the best of Miami with him.

Prior to his announcement that he would be leaving Miami for Cleveland, reports said LeBron was trying to arrange things so Mike Miller and Ray Allen would be able to join him with the Cavs. Not only does that still appear to be the case, but it looks like the Cavs are also interested in Chris Birdman Andersen.

Multiple reporters have mentioned the Cavs are interested in all three players.

Here are some of the reports that focused on Mike Miller:

USA Today NBA reporter Jeff Zillgitt also says Miller has “serious” interest in the Heat.

FOX Sports Ohio’s Sam Amico says the Cavs are trying to get Miller, Allen and Birdman:

Miller was said to be closing in on a deal with the Denver Nuggets during the week, but that was put on hold after LeBron decided to sign with the Cavs. The Grizzlies also told Miller they will not bring him back next season, so he’ll definitely be looking for a new home.

Cavs reportedly pursuing Ray Allen

Ray-Allen-HeatThe Cleveland Cavaliers are doing everything they can to convince LeBron James to return to the place where he began his NBA career. In addition to pulling off a three-team trade to create enough salary cap space to sign LeBron, the Cavs are also reportedly pursuing Ray Allen.

Earlier this week, word surfaced that Cleveland would likely look to add shooters if it is successful in signing James. Shortly after the Cavs traded Jack on Wednesday, Chris Broussard reported that they are now pursuing Ray Allen.

Allen has previously stated that he would like to return for a 19th NBA season if he can contend for a championship. After spending the last several seasons playing alongside LeBron, it would make sense that he would follow him wherever he goes next season. If the Heat can successfully convince LeBron to come back, Allen will likely stay in Miami. If the Cavs win out, the sharpshooter will probably head to Cleveland.

While we’re not saying LeBron is in any way responsible for all the speculation that has built about him returning to Cleveland, it’s amazing how quickly this entire thing has developed. If LeBron ultimately decides to stay in Miami, he’ll be breaking the hearts of Cavs fans all over again. I can’t imagine how much he would be hated after that even if it isn’t his fault.

Ray Allen reportedly wants to play another season with LeBron James

Ray Allen dunk

There was speculation that Ray Allen would retire after the NBA season, but it looks like the 38-year-old has interest in playing another year.

ESPN’s Brian Windhorst reports that Allen and LeBron James vacationed together last week after losing in the NBA Finals. The two supposedly have grown close during their two seasons together on the Miami Heat, and Allen has a desire to come back and play with LeBron once again.

James told the Heat he will decline his option for next season and become an unrestricted free agent. Allen will also be an unrestricted free agent.

Unlike other players who are no longer useful as they near 40, Allen is still a productive player.

Allen has averaged around 26 minutes per game each of his two seasons with the Heat. He averaged 9.6 points per game last season while shooting 44.2 percent from the field. He also played in all 20 of the Heat’s postseason games.

Maybe the monster dunk he threw down in the Finals convinced him he still had a lot of life left.

Ray Allen even surprised himself on huge dunk (Video)

Ray Allen dunk

Ray Allen had a pretty excellent Game 1 of the NBA Finals for the Miami Heat against the San Antonio Spurs, and he was so good he may have even surprised himself a bit.

Allen got a steal late in the third quarter and raced up the court in transition. He shoved Marco Belinelli out of the way, and then he raised up for the huge dunk. Danny Green wanted no part of him.

Jesus proving once again that he still got game. And some funky eyes.

Ray Allen dunk face

Images via Twitter/WorldofIsaac, @Jose3030

Ray Allen on Lance Stephenson: ‘It’s buffoonery’

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If Lance Stephenson was successful with half of the stuff he has been trying to pull to get in the heads of the Miami Heat players, his team would not be trailing 3-2 in the Eastern Conference Finals. Stephenson trash talked LeBron before Game 4 only to watch James go on to dominate. On Wednesday night, he tried blowing in LeBron’s ear.

While James and Dwyane Wade laughed about Stephenson’s antics during their postgame press conference, Ray Allen was not amused.

“No, it’s just buffoonery,” Allen said, per Ethan Sklonick of Bleacher Report. “As players, we just are professional, we come out and do our jobs. He’s young. He’ll grow up.”

[WATCH: Lance Stephenson blows in LeBron's ear]

Allen went on to say that stuff like blowing in ears violates unwritten rules, even if a player is “allowed” to do it.

“But, again, it’s not going to throw us off from what we’re gonna do,” he said. “We know what our plays are. He makes himself look bad. We’ve just got to do our job.”

Stephenson has said on multiple occasions that he’s just trying to give his team an edge any way he can, but his teammates don’t seem to appreciate it. Irritating LeBron with childish games is more likely to lead to a career night from him than get under his skin.

Also see: Lance Stephenson’s ear blowing leads to a perfect Nintendo meme

Ray Allen to wear ‘Shuttlesworth’ jersey during game

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This past offseason, the NBA announced that it would allow players to wear “nickname jerseys” for select games during the 2013-2014 regular season. Some of the nicknames players chose will probably be horrendous. Others, like the one Ray Allen is rolling with, will be awesome.

On Tuesday, Spike Lee shared a photo of the jersey Allen plans to wear when the Miami Heat take on the Boston Celtics on Jan. 21 and the Brooklyn Nets later in the season. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Lee’s film “He Got Game,” Jesus Shuttlesworth is the name of Allen’s character in the movie. Denzel Washington plays his father.

Fans love playing the Shuttlesworth angle with Allen, so this will undoubtedly be a huge hit. And hey, it’s a lot more unique than “King James.”