Heats’ Shane Battier to Retire, Ray Allen’s Playing Future Up in the Air
(SAN ANTONIO) -- While the basketball world will wait and see what the future holds for Lebron James, Dwayne Wade, and Chris Bosh, the Miami Heat will lose forward Shane Battier to retirement while Ray Allen is still deciding his playing future.
The 35-year-old Battier just wrapped up his 13th NBA season after he was the sixth-overall pick by the Vancouver Grizzlies back in 2001.
"I've given everything I can to the game and I don't have any more to give," Battier said. "And I'm OK with it."
Battier finishes his career with averages of 8.6 points and 4.2 rebounds per game.
If Allen does decide to retire as well, he has all but likely ensured that he will make the Hall of Fame in the not-too-distant future. He's one of the most prolific shooters in NBA history. In 18 NBA seasons, Allen has averaged 18.9 points per game. He's a career 40% shooter from the 3-point line. He also has two NBA Titles on his resume.
"I've had a great career, I'm content with what I've done," Allen said. "It's hard to think past this moment. In the next couple of days I'll think about it and see where my true heart lies."
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