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Seattle could someday have an NBA team again.

In a Players’ Tribune interview with Portland Trail Blazers shooting guard C.J. McCollum last week, commissioner Adam Silver said it’s possible the league will bring a franchise back to the city, but he doesn’t know when.

“I think it’s just a question of when the right time is to seriously start thinking about expansion,” said Silver.

“I don’t want to put a precise timeline on it, but it’s inevitable at some point that we’ll start looking at the growth of franchises. That’s always been the case in this league, and Seattle will no doubt be on a short list of cities we’ll look at,” he added.

The Seattle SuperSonics entered the league in 1967-68 and captured an NBA championship in 1979. The club relocated to Oklahoma City in 2008 and became the Thunder.

Several Sonics greats have been strong proponents of the city regaining a team. Gary Payton said last year that Seattle “deserves” an NBA team and he’d be interested in becoming an owner, while Ray Allen echoed those sentiments in May.

“I still can’t believe that there is no basketball in Seattle,” he wrote in a post on Instagram. “This city is too great not to have a hoops squad. Come on everybody we need to rally and bring the NBA back to Seattle.”

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Hitting just 32.9 percent of their three-point attempts, the Miami Heat would prefer to add some sharp shooting to their lineup as they prepare for the second half of the season.

However, don’t expect that spark to be Ray Allen, who the Miami Herald’s Ethan Skolnick reports is expected to remain retired despite Miami’s constant pursuit of the 40-year-old.

The 18-year veteran has reportedly turned down numerous offers from the Heat since stepping away from the game during the summer of 2014.

Allen spent his last two seasons with Miami where he embraced his role as the team’s sixth man, helping the team to two Finals appearances and one title.

The California native’s most prominent moment was the game-tying three-pointer he hit during Game 6 of the 2013 Finals which ultimately served as the series’ momentum swinger.

However, things reportedly didn’t end well between Allen and the Heat, as he voiced his frustrations the following year after Miami fell to the Spurs in five games.

A lethal shooter, Allen ranks first all-time in three-pointers made with 2973, more than 400 more than second place. For his career, Allen has averaged 18.9 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 3.4 assists.

Losers of four straight, the Heat currently sit just eighth in the Eastern Conference with a 21-21 record. They have recently been linked to multiple free agents, but neither is likely to make the same impact that Allen would.

Could free agent shooting guard Ray Allen spend next season in the Windy City?

The Chicago Bulls are among nearly a dozen teams believed to have contacted the veteran sharpshooter, writes Sam Smith of Bulls.com. Other teams interested in Allen’s services include the Cleveland Cavaliers, Houston Rockets, Miami Heat, San Antonio Spurs, Washington Wizards and Los Angeles Clippers.

The 39-year-old Allen certainly fits in Chicago, where there exists a cadre of capable defenders to help mask his defensive shortcomings. Allen would figure to come off the bench, a role he played for the Heat over the past two seasons.

Last year, Allen averaged 9.6 points per game on 37.5 percent shooting from deep. He has still not yet ruled out retirement, either.

Although he’s yet to guarantee that he’ll be returning for a 19th NBA season, Ray Allen has reportedly spoken to a couple of franchises about the possibility of extending his playing career.

According to Sun-Sentinel, Allen, who turns 39 this week, has already held discussions with both the Houston Rockets and Cleveland Cavaliers about joining them ahead of next season. 

Meanwhile, Erik Spoelstra confirmed that the Miami Heat have yet to talk to Allen about re-signing in South Beach, saying “we knew that he wanted to take some time and be patient,” and “I don’t even know where we’ll be with our roster.”

Allen joining the Rockets is reportedly a “longshot,” but a move to the Cavaliers wouldn’t come as much of a surprise. Cleveland is reportedly interested in reuniting Allen with LeBron James (as well as Mike Miller) and assigning him the role of Kyrie Irving’s backup.

A decision from Allen isn’t expected any time soon.

MIAMI (AP) — Jesus Shuttlesworth returns to the court this week. Jesus Shuttlesworth may return to the big screen in the future.

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”Sequels to most movies are always fluff and not as good as the first,” Allen said Tuesday night before the Heat played the New Orleans Pelicans. ”But it’s something we’ve been talking about for the last couple months. If we get a really good story line and are able to bring everybody back, then it would be something worth doing.”

Lee posted a photo of himself and Allen to a social media account last summer, saying then that they were engaging in sequel talk. It wasn’t clear then how serious those conversations were.

Allen – who still gets called ”Jesus” by teammates – said he’s committed to making it happen.

”Hopefully it works out,” said Allen, whose character in the film was a highly recruited high school basketball star.

Denzel Washington played his father, a prisoner who was paroled for one week to persuade his son to sign with the governor’s alma mater, and Rosario Dawson played his girlfriend in the film.

Allen played a vital role in Miami’s march to a second straight championship last season, most notably making a 3-pointer that tied Game 6 of the NBA Finals with 5.2 seconds left in regulation and with the Heat on the cusp of losing the title series to San Antonio. The film seems to have enjoyed an uptick in popularity since, and wearing ”J. Shuttlesworth” on his jersey for a number of upcoming Heat games figures to only add to that.

And it’s probably not coincidental that Allen said he and Lee started their sequel discussions shortly after that Heat title run.

”Not one day goes by where I walk in here and guys don’t say that they didn’t watch it last night or it wasn’t on,” Allen said. ”I don’t know who’s in charge of delegating what gets on TV, but it seems like that movie’s been on a lot the last two or three months.”

The first time Allen will wear his character’s name on his NBA jersey is Friday, when the Heat visit the Brooklyn Nets. All players in that game will be donning what are called ”Name Collection” jerseys, with LeBron James sporting ”King James,” Paul Pierce wearing ”Truth” and Shane Battier going by ”Battle,” his family’s original surname.

”We’ve got to get Denzel and we’ve got to get Rosario,” Allen said. ”Obviously, it’s been 15 or 20 years, so there’s so many new story lines to talk about.”