Ray Allen officially retired from the NBA on Tuesday, bringing a close to the speculation of whether he'd return for one last shot at a ring. He penned a heartfelt letter on The Players' Tribune that read in part:
“Now, the most important question in your life isn’t, ‘Who am I supposed to be’ or even, ‘What do I have to do to win another championship?’
“It’s, ‘Daddy, guess what happened in math class today?’
“That’s the reward that awaits you at the end of your journey.”
Allen's not alone when it comes to NBA players hanging around the periphery of the league, however. Now that the former All-Star has called it quits, here are seven more basketball players who could be right behind him.
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The 40-year-old point guard has been in the league for 17 years, and made brief appearances with the Timberwolves and Spurs last season. He's currently a free agent.
Terry has also played 17 seasons, and was a key rotation player for the Rockets last year, averaging 17.5 minutes per game in 72 regular-season appearances. He'll be around at least one more season after signing with the Milwaukee Bucks this summer.
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Prince is known for being a key part of those formidable early-2000s Pistons teams, one of which won a championship in 2004.
He averaged 19 minutes per game in 77 appearances as a guiding veteran on a young Timberwolves team last season, and is currently without a home for the upcoming season.
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Gooden has played 14 seasons for 10 different teams, and is currently a free agent. Last year with the Wizards, he averaged 10.2 minutes per game in 30 regular-season appearances.
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Kaman was an All-Star with the Clippers in 2010, and has played 13 NBA seasons. He played sparingly in Portland last year, averaging just seven minutes per game in only 16 regular-season appearances. He's an unrestricted free agent and undecided about trying to return this season.
You probably only know who Joel Anthony is because he got minutes in the rotation on those Miami Heat teams that featured LeBron James and went to the Finals in four straight seasons.
Anthony never put up big numbers, but he's always been viewed as a professional and a veteran locker room voice. He's hoping to play in a 10th NBA season, and spent training camp and the preseason with the Spurs.
Miller has played 16 seasons for seven different teams, and is under contract with the Nuggets for the upcoming season.
Last year in Denver, Miller played sparingly, averaging just 1.3 points per game in 47 regular-season appearances.