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Rockets GM Daryl Morey open to signing Ray Allen ‘if he’s in’

Ray Allen, Daryl Morey, Rockets

Ray Allen seemed something close to ageless during his NBA years. The 2018 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inductee was notorious for his dedication to fitness and pre-game preparation during his career, leading to multiple contenders reportedly showing interest in signing him even after he has been away from the game for over a year.

Now, half a decade removed from his final season, Ray Allen apparently has another opportunity in the NBA if he wants to take it.

After watching the league’s all-time leader in 3-point field goals show off in Friday night’s Celebrity All-Star Game, Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey responded to the idea of giving him a 10-day contract on Twitter.

Allen played his last NBA season in 2014, going unsigned that summer while sussing through several offers as a free agent. He never accepted one, though, ultimately deciding to sit out the season before considering a return for the 2015-16 campaign.

Despite fielding calls from teams with championship aspirations in the spring of 2016, Allen finally decided to officially retire the following November.

The Rockets, of course, need as much shooting as they can get to surround reigning MVP James Harden. No one has ever doubted that Allen’s shooting ability, as he confirmed with ease on Friday night, will last well into his post-playing days, either. But he was a major defensive liability during his last two seasons in the NBA, and it goes without saying that he would be even more readily exploitable by the opposition after five years away from the league, approaching his mid-40s.

Needless to say, it would be an awesome story if Houston actually signed Allen to a 10-day contract, but definitely don’t count on it happening.