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Report: Ray Allen may want to return and go title hunting with the Warriors

Report: Ray Allen may want to return and go title hunting with the Warriors

Now that the Warriors have somehow cheat-coded their way into Kevin Durant and should just change their name to The Golden State Western Conference All-Stars, everyone currently without an NBA contract would probably like to try and play for them. Even that 36-year-old at the rec center with the shooting sleeve and somewhat-functioning midrange jumper who "would've gone pro" if he didn't hurt his knee in high school will be dialing up Oakland phone numbers hoping to land a conversation with Steve Kerr and Co.

However, with that being said, a new report saying one league legend has contacted the franchise about possibly joining them still manages to come off as fairly surprising.

Ray Allen, basketball's all-time leading three point shooter, has reached out to the Warriors through his representatives in regards to coming out of retirement and playing for the team, according to ESPN's Chris Broussard. Golden State, meanwhile, remains "unsure whether they want to pursue the Hall of Famer," Broussard later says.

Allen's last professional contest was more than two years ago, when he was a part of the Heat squad with LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade that lost to the Spurs in the 2014 NBA Finals. The soon-to-be 41-year-old was also a member of the Celtics' "Big Three" during his more prime years along with Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett. A quick search, though, has revealed he wasn't with the 1927 Yankees or a co-star in The Departed, information that some may find a bit shocking considering how he lately seems to pop up on rosters that are super-sized with talent.


To be fair, Allen is also open to signing with the Cavaliers (update, 9:55 a.m.: Cleveland.com has reported Allen and the Cavs have been in contact as well), the Spurs or the Clippers, Broussard reports. Those aren't exactly bottom-feeders, sure, but he's not totally honed in on the Warriors and the Warriors only.

Overall, the marksman is obviously "intrigued by the possibility of playing for another championship" but still isn't fully committed to the idea of returning, according to Broussard. Now, just how much help he'd provide is questionable — his age would indicate not much, but his career 40 percent three-point rate and the fact that he wouldn't be asked to do much else besides hoist shots from behind the arc are fair counterpoints — but just the mere rumblings of him lacing up his sneakers to run with Durant and Stephen Curry show how powerful the rising dynasty can be.

That famous quote from Field of Dreams — "If you build it, he will come" — wasn't referring to Ray Allen and megateams, but it might as well have been. After stops in Boston and Miami, California is apparently on the 10-time All-Star's mind. If the interest ends up being mutual, Allen will have a tremendous chance at winning his third ring. And if not?

Well, the Cubs could probably use a locker room presence for their World Series run. 


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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Phil Chenier tells stories ahead of his jersey retirement

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Phil Chenier tells stories ahead of his jersey retirement

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, host Chase Hughes was joined by Bullets/Wizards legend Phil Chenier ahead of his jersey retirement set for this upcoming weekend on March 23.

Chenier looked back on his playing and broadcasting career and told great stories. He also shared some memories of the 1978 championship as the franchise gets ready to honor its 40th anniversary.

You can listen to the episode right here:

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Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue stepping away from team to deal with health issues

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Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue stepping away from team to deal with health issues

An undiagnosed illness has convinced Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue to step away from the team indefinitely, the team announced on Monday. Assistant coach Larry Drew will take over in the interim.

Lue, 40, is hoping to address his health issues in time to return before the year is out. According to a statement on the team's website, he has been under the weather for quite some time.


Here is what Lue said on the matter in a press release:

I have had chest pains and other troubling symptoms, compounded by a loss of sleep, throughout the year. Despite a battery of tests, there have been no conclusions as to what the exact issue is.

While I have tried to work through it, the last thing I want is for it to affect the team. I am going to use this time to focus on a prescribed routine and medication, which has previously been difficult to start in the midst of a season. My goal is to come out of it a stronger and healthier version of myself so I can continue to lead this team to the Championship we are all working towards.

That is scary stuff and certainly much bigger than basketball. But the surprising news happens to come at a crucial time in the Cavs' season. They are currently third in the Eastern Conference with only 13 games remaining before the playoffs.


The Cavs are just a half-game ahead of both the Wizards and Pacers in the standings. They will also have to reincorporate All-Star Kevin Love, likely sometime this week. 

That is a lot for Drew to deal with while Lue recovers and it adds another wrinkle to a Cavs' season that has been characterized by change.


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