The Portland Trail Blazers contacted free agent guard Ray Allen’s agent Friday to see if the future Hall of Fame inductee would be interested in a contract offer, according to a report. But the 39-year-old’s representative said Allen has no interest in a return to the court this season.
Portland guard Wesley Matthews suffered a torn Achilles tendon during the team’s 94-75 win Thursday against the Dallas Mavericks. The injury, which will sideline Matthews for the rest of the 2014-15 NBA season, left Portland without one of the league’s top perimeter shooters.
Blazers general manager Neil Olshey asked Allen’s agent if he would field a potential offer to fill the void left by Matthews’ absence. But Allen, who announced earlier this week that he would not play in the NBA this season, purportedly has no plans to change his mind, sources told Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski.
“Over the past several months, I have taken a lot of time to deliberate what is best for me,” Allen said Wednesday in a statement. “I’ve ultimately decided that I will not play this NBA season. I’m going to take the remainder of this season, as well as the upcoming off-season, to reassess my situation, spend time with my family and determine if I will play in the 2015-16 season.”
Allen spent the last two seasons as a member of the Miami Heat, but opted not to sign with any team last offseason. Several teams, including the Cleveland Cavaliers, Atlanta Hawks, Golden State Warriors, Washington Wizards and San Antonio Spurs expressed interest in signing Allen, who considered a return as recently as the NBA All-Star Break in February. Allen is a 10-time All-Star and the NBA’s all-time leader in three-pointers made.
Matthews was a key cog for a Blazers team that currently holds a 41-19 record and the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference. He averaged 15.9 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game this season before he suffered the torn Achilles.
“It’s disbelief, you know? I’m sitting up there in that tube having an MRI, and I don’t hear noise, I don’t feel my Achilles,” Matthews told reporters after the game, according to ESPN. “I can’t believe I’m up there while my team’s battling. I just haven’t processed all of it yet.”