Jun 18, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat shooting guard Ray Allen (34) hits a 3-point, game tying shot with 5.2 seconds left in the fourth quarter of game six in the 2013 NBA Finals against the San Antonio Spurs at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Should the Miami Heat Pursue Ray Allen or Go in a Different Direction?

As the free agency period dies down, and teams start to solidify their rosters for the upcoming seasons, one potentially big name still remains unsigned: Ray Allen.

The 39-year-old veteran of 18 seasons, is undecided on whether or not he wants to push his body for one more go around in the upcoming season. If he decides to do so, there will be a great number of teams inquiring about his elite shooting services.

But the Miami Heat should NOT be one of them.

Don’t get me wrong, Allen is still extremely effective at what he does best, which is shoot the basketball. Although last season saw him shoot 37.5% from the three-point line (his lowest since 2009-10 with Boston), that would be an amazing number for just about anybody else in the NBA. But for Allen, it may be a sign that his legs are gone.

Allen finished last season with his lowest PPG of his career, even though his minutes bumped up a bit with Dwyane Wade in and out of the lineup. He also finished with a Defensive Rating (points allowed over 100 possessions) of 109, which is below average. What that suggests to me, is that if Allen can’t hold his own on the defensive end of the floor, the benefits of his shooting become a moot point. It also means that he’s no longer able to create his own shot easily anymore.

Both of those should be red flags as the Heat continue to rebuild their roster. Allen provided arguably the greatest memory of Miami Heat history, but history tells us that holding on to something too long can be more detrimental than beneficial. In this case, it’s time to move on from Jesus Shuttlesworth and focus on the future.

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