The Boston Globe is reporting that Ray Allen is "leaning" towards signing with the Cleveland Cavaliers and joining former teammates LeBron James and James Jones for another season.
The 39-year-old sharpshooter has been traveling throughout China for a Nike promotional trip. LeBron himself arrived recently in China for his own tour.
This report comes just hours after Allen was said to be getting an MRI soon before deciding on his future. The player responsible for the biggest shot in Miami Heat history has been mulling retirement during the offseason and even with several teams still interested in his services, the Cavs appear to be the clear front-runner to acquire the talented but aging shooting guard.
While his work ethic is admirable, he was always the first Heat player to work on his shot hours before games, the 10-time All-Star's game was noticeably affected by his age last season. He still retains plenty of value as he will always be a legitimate threat from outside.
Remember, nothing has been signed just yet and Allen still has plenty of options on the table. The results from his upcoming MRI could also significantly alter his plans.
While the original report never mentioned it was a done deal, Allen's agency Tandem released the following statement on Twitter (possibly at the request of their client).
The reports that Ray Allen intends to play for the Cavs are unfounded. He has not yet decided if he will play next season or for which team.— TANDEM (@_tandemse) July 24, 2014