The Celtics have initiated trade proposals on Allen, multiple league sources say, and Boston is searching for a younger, less expensive guard and an expiring contract. This way they can find a replacement for the 34-year-old Allen without losing him and his $20 million expiring contract for nothing in free agency this summer. Only, there isn’t a shooting guard available who’s Allen’s peer. This threatens a perilous choice between transitioning for the future and refusing to compromise a chance to win a title now.
Allen is privately resigned to the fact that it’s unlikely the Celtics will want to re-sign him this summer. He’s believed to be intrigued with the possibility of joining the Miami Heat or staying close to his Connecticut home and signing with the New York Knicks. Nevertheless, Allen wants to stay a Celtic and that’s never wavered. Yet the sheer economics make it improbable unless he’s willing to cost himself several million dollars next year.
Yes, Allen would be difficult to replace for this season, but the Celtics can overcome that easier than Garnett gimping around the floor as a shell of his old self.
Now I’m not much for looking into rumors, because there are so many of them to be found. We have heard Monta Ellis for Ray Allen and that kind of got swept under the rug. We heard all the Rondo talks in the offseason, most of which may, or probably were not true. I just think this is news worthy, and discussion worthy.
I personally think if Ray was not trying so hard to impress he would not be in this situation. Am I the only one who thinks Allen has been taking many shots out of character? It just seems like he is trying to do too much because he wants to stay on this team. Unfortunately that has worked against him, kind of like reverse psychology (Maybe?).
I am very indifferent about whether or not this trade involving Ray should happen. I guess it is very dependent upon who we get in return. With the two teams listed above (Miami and New York), I am not confident in being returned enough to make up for the loss. I am a strong believer that the team needs to do SOMETHING before the trade deadline, I’m just not positive whether or not it is this?
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