Report: Ray Allen ‘leaning toward’ returning to NBA, joining Cavaliers

Will Ray Allen join former Miami Heat teammate LeBron James in Cleveland?

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Veteran shooting guard Ray Allen is "leaning toward" returning to the NBA for his 19th season and playing for the Cavaliers, according to the Boston Globe.

Allen, 39, has been contemplating retirement since Miami lost in the NBA Finals last month, but is now seriously considering joining his former Heat teammate LeBron James in Cleveland.

James has been lobbying for Allen to join the Cavaliers, along with ex-Heat players Mike Miller and James Jones, who signed with Cleveland earlier this month.

Health has been a big consideration for the longtime NBA standout, who will undergo MRIs on both knees before making a final decision, according to a Rotoworld report.

After five years with the Boston Celtics, Allen played for the Heat the last two seasons. He appeared in all 20 postseason games last season, averaging 9.3 points per game on 41 percent shooting.