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Ray Allen may return from a 2-year hiatus to join the Warriors or Cavaliers, per report

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Allen is mulling over a return to the court and is interested in joining a contender, with the Warriors high on the list.

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With most of the big names off the board by now in free agency, and the contenders struggling to find quality depth for cheap, any veteran willing to pay for the minimum would make for a great addition. That's why a handful of front offices in the league woke up to some good news: Ray Allen is considering coming out of retirement and joining one of the Warriors, Cavaliers, Clippers or Spurs, according to several reports.

Allen retired in 2014 and has received interest from teams ever since. The Warriors, one of the teams connected to him this time, have tried to get him to come out of retirement for the past two years, according to Basketball insiders' Alex Kennedy. However, they're unsure of whether to pursue him now, according to ESPN's Chris Broussard, who first reported the news. Golden State has guard depth in Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston but could still use a three-point threat as potent as Allen off the bench.

The Cavaliers are another strong possibility. Allen's representatives have reached out to Cleveland's decision-makers to let them now that he's "anticipating a return to basketball," according to's Chris Haynes. If Allen is in shape, he could either provide shooting off the bench or potentially replace free agent J.R. Smith for a fraction of his salary. Considering Cleveland's high salary commitments and the huge tax bill it paid last season, that could be appealing for ownership.

The Clippers and Spurs are the other teams that he's considering, as Allen wants to play for a contender. He could reunite with Doc Rivers in Los Angeles after winning a championship together in Boston and provide depth to a Clippers team that desperately needs it and doesn't have many resources to get it. Something similar happens with the Spurs, who spent the bulk of their cap space on Pau Gasol and have yet to agree on a contract with Manu Ginobili.

It's unclear whether Allen has anything left on the tank. By all accounts, he has stayed in shape during his two-year hiatus but that's a long time to be away from the court. In his last season in the league, he averaged nine points, three rebounds and two assists per game while shooting 37 percent on over four three-point attempts per game. He was 38 years old at the time and his decline was noticeable.

Now he's 40 years old, so expecting him to be better than he was back then doesn't seem realistic. Allen has always been praised for his work ethic and commitment to stay in shape, though, so he could be ready for a comeback.

As long as his three-point stroke remains pristine, he will have value. He reportedly hasn't made a final decision about his return but if he goes through with it, expect at least one of those contenders to give him a roster spot.

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