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.