Ray Allen has been out of the NBA for the past two seasons, but he's reportedly considering a comeback. As the league's all-time leader in 3-point field goals, he could certainly contribute meaningful minutes off the bench for just about anyone. But since the 41-year-old Allen probably isn't going to play for a team he has no connection to (or one that has no chance at making the postseason), here are five spots he should consider if he decides to make his NBA return this season.
The Bucks aren't exactly projected to be title contenders this season, and they may even struggle to simply make the playoffs in the East. But Allen began his career in Milwaukee and played six-plus seasons there before being traded to the Sonics, and his veteran presence could help get the young Bucks pointed in the right direction. Also: A lack of 3-point shooting was one of the biggest reasons they regressed last season after making the playoffs two years ago.
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Allen won the first championship of his career in 2008, playing alongside Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett in Boston. The revamped Celtics are projected to be a top-three team in the East this season, so a return to play with a talented group that includes Al Horford and Isaiah Thomas would make plenty of sense.
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Los Angeles Clippers
Speaking of Pierce, he and former Celtics head coach Doc Rivers are part of a veteran Clippers team that should be top-three in the West this season, so L.A. would be a fine choice for a reunion while still being a part of a winning situation. The Clippers currently have a full roster, but something tells us they'd find a way to add Allen to the mix if he were ready to express serious interest.
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Golden State Warriors
Stephen Curry has shattered the single-season record for 3-pointers made in each of the past two years, and through seven NBA seasons, he's already 19th on the all-time list. Ray Allen could keep Curry from reaching his record by taking some of his shots, all while playing for a stacked Warriors team that now includes Kevin Durant and is favored to win the championship next season.
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Allen played with LeBron James in Miami during his last two NBA seasons, and won a title with the Heat in 2013. Considering the fact that LeBron has been to the Finals an incredible six straight seasons, aligning with him is the best possible way for Allen to ensure he'll still be playing in June 2017.