MILWAUKEE — Any chance at a reunion between the Milwaukee Bucks and the NBA’s all-time leader in three-pointers was silenced Tuesday morning with Ray Allen announcing his retirement.
The 41-year-old sharpshooter made the announcement in a letter to his younger self in The Players Tribune.
“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.”
Allen was drafted with the fifth overall pick in the 1996 NBA Draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves before being traded to the Milwaukee Bucks along with Andrew Lang for the rights to Stephon Marbury.
Allen last played in the NBA in the 2013-14 season with the Miami Heat, a year after sinking a late three-pointer in the NBA Finals that led to a championship. Allen was named an All-Star 10 times, made two All-NBA teams, and won an Olympic gold medal in 2000.
MILWAUKEE — Free agent guard Dwyane Wade recently cancelled a meeting with the Milwaukee Bucks scheduled for Wednesday, but reports now indicate Wade will meet with the Bucks in New York Wednesday afternoon.
The Bucks likely won’t be able to match offers from other teams, with Wade looking for a $50 million contract. The Chicago Bulls have come the closest to meeting Wade’s demands, offering a two-year contract with a partial guarantee. None of the teams reportedly still in the chase (Chicago, Denver, Miami) have offered a three-year deal, although the Nuggets have been able to surpass the $50 million threshold.
Former Bucks sharpshooter and former Wade teammate with the Heat, Ray Allen, has reached out to the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers about an NBA return. He last played in the 2013-14 season where he averaged 9.6 points per game.