Former NBA superstar Ray Allen put on a show in the NBA All-Star Celebrity game and Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey seems open to giving him a try on the team.
The Houston Rockets’ front office is always looking for a player, either from the USA or elsewhere, that can potentially help the team win more ball games. Even the NBA’s annual All-Star Celebrity game showcases players with a lot of basketball talent.
On Friday night, two-time NBA champion Ray Allen proved that he still has a bit left in the tank. Allen torched the competition, just as he did in his professional playing days, finishing with 24 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Of course, his game still heavily revolves around 3-pointers, and he even nailed a few 4-pointers, which are exclusive to the All-Star Celebrity Game.
Everyone in the NBA world took note of how great Allen still looks on the court, including Houston Rockets’ general manager Daryl Morey.
Someone give Jesus Shuttlesworth a 10-day. pic.twitter.com/fkzAsiGTfp
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) February 16, 2019
In response to a tweet from Bleacher Report, Daryl Morey said he would sign Ray Allen to a 10-day contract if he was willing to return to the NBA.
We are in if he is in https://t.co/mFbXzPjYu0
— Daryl Morey (@dmorey) February 16, 2019
Over his career, Ray Allen made 2,973 3-pointers, more than anyone else in NBA history. Obviously, Allen’s game would fit in well with Houston’s system and James Harden and Chris Paul can get him open shots all game long.
However, Allen last played in the 2013-14 season and he now is 43 years old, so he has likely lost whatever quickness he still had in his final season. Defending any guards off the dribble would spell trouble for Allen and he wouldn’t work well in a defensive scheme that relies so heavily on switching.
At the end of the day, Allen has won two championships, is probably the second greatest shooter this game has ever seen and is already in the Hall of Fame. He doesn’t have anything else to prove, but seeing the Rockets sign him to a contract would be unprecedented and extremely special. Although, I wouldn’t hold my breath on it.