Reactions & observations to Ray Allen’s new sunny digs.
As the word trickled through in regards to Ray Allen’s decision to jump out of Boston and head south to their arch-rivals in the Miami Heat, the reactions have been varied.
Celtics GM Danny Ainge told the Boston Globe that he won’t discuss Allen by name but that he has accepted that he’s departing.
“Obviously we need to fill the void, we need another shooting guard, of course,” he said. “There are a lot of good players left. We’re limited to what we can do with the biannual exception we need to wait and see.”
“We’ve added a couple of great professionals in Jeff Green and Jason Terry and we drafted three guys that I think are very professional and add to the locker room,” Ainge said. “Talent is a hard thing to find but we put a great deal of value into what goes on in the locker room also.”
One coaching cast member that would speak was assistant Tyronn Lue.
“I was shocked, I see Ray as a Celtic,” Lue said. “In this business you have to do what’s best for you and I guess he thought Miami was best for him. I just wish him well. But seeing him change uniforms is pretty big, seeing him around here so long.”
At one point last week the Celtics felt pretty good about Allen’s return as they offered him six-million dollars when the Heat could only afford to pony up three-million.
What would make a man accept a huge pay loss to leave an organization?
The world feels that it is Allen’s way of taking a quick-fix route to a title.
I digress as the Celtics are always on the cusp of winning it all.
Yes, they are a veteran (i.e. old) group but as we saw when the post-season rolled up they are still capable of stealing a few games here and there and shocking the world.
You have to just face facts and look at the truth of the matter that Allen has personal issues with Rajon Rondo and that Allen felt disrespected when the Celtics tried to send him to Memphis.
Doc Rivers, bless-his heart did the very best that he could to keep the band together but it just could not be done.
As an unrestricted free agent, Allen has his own destiny within his grasp and when the rubber met the road he let go of a lot of baggage that would still be in his closest with a return to the Celtics.
I would not go as far as to say that joining forces with the Heat was his ultimate revenge but truth-be-told out of all the interested parties, Allen cut bait and went with his best option.
The old ‘we don’t need his injured behind anyway’ rhetoric is flying high amongst some crushed Celtics fans and that is to be expected.
The great thing about the Miami situation for Ray is that the Heat has a roster of shooters that can step up if he needs to rest for a game or two.
None of them are on par with his hall-of-fame jumper, but loyalties and feelings aside, this is the best place for Allen to play out his career.
When Miami visits the Garden for the first time it will be oh-so-electric.