Longtime NBA guard Ray Allen announced Wednesday that he will not play this season.
“Over the past several months, I have taken a lot of time to deliberate what is best for me. I’ve ultimately decided that I will not play this NBA season,” he said in a statement released by his agent.
Allen, 39, said he will spend the rest of the year reassessing whether he will play in 2015-16.
He had spent the last two seasons with the Miami Heat. Last season, he averaged 9.6 points while shooting 44.2 percent overall and 37.5 percent from 3-point range.
In his 19-year career with the Milwaukee Bucks (1996 to 2003), Seattle SuperSonics (2002-07), Boston Celtics (2007-12) and Heat (2012-14), Allen averaged 18.9 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.4 assists while shooting 45.2 percent from the field, 40 percent from 3-point range and 89.4 percent from the free-throw line.