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Ray Allen leaning toward joining Cavaliers

Former Heat teammates LeBron James and Mike Miller have been lobbying Ray Allen (above) to join them in Cleveland. Andy Lyons/Getty Images

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Former Heat teammates LeBron James and Mike Miller have been lobbying Ray Allen (above) to join them in Cleveland.

Former Celtic and Heat standout Ray Allen is leaning towards returning for a 19th NBA season and joining former teammate LeBron James with the Cleveland Cavaliers, according to a league source.

Allen, who turned 39 Sunday, has been pondering retirement since the Heat lost in the NBA Finals to the San Antonio Spurs last month.

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But James, along with ex-Heat swingman Mike Miller, who signed with the Cavaliers earlier this month, have been lobbying Allen to join them with the resurrected franchise.

Allen hardly looked as if he was ready to finish his career during the Miami playoff run. He averaged 9.3 points in 20 postseason games.

Allen played two seasons with the Heat after five successful seasons with the Celtics that included the 2008 NBA title and capturing the all-time 3-point mark.

Gary Washburn can be reached at gwashburn@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @GwashburnGlobe.
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