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Ray Allen To Undergo Ankle Surgery Wednesday

 

Right after Game 7 ended in Miami Saturday night, Ray Allen was asked about the health of his ankle being the first priority heading into the offseason:

“That’s my first priority, just going into surgery sometime. If I can do it tomorrow, I would do it tomorrow. That’s probably my main concern right now, is taking care of that. My body feels good. That’s been my only issue. After that, it’s hard to say.”

Well, he waited longer than one day, but it appears he is wasting no time in getting the issue taken care of, as a  report by the Boston Herald has Allen undergoing the surgery tomorrow morning at New England Baptist Hospital:

Allen will have surgery to remove bone spurs from the ankle at 6 a.m. on Wednesday at New England Baptist Hospital, according to a source.

The problem, which first surfaced during in Los Angeles during the C’s’ eight-game road trip in mid-March, eventually forced Allen to miss 15 regular-season games as well as the first two games of the Celtics’ first-round playoff series against Atlanta.

By Allen’s own admission, the ankle had a serious impact on his ability to cut, plant and rise for his fabled jump shot. It even affected his free throw form.

CH’s Analysis: No real surprise here, as this is clearly an issue that Allen needed to take care of ASAP. Unlike Kevin Garnett, there are no rumors about Ray’s retirement as he spoke to after Game 7 as well stating, “There’s still a lot of basketball left in my legs, I know that for sure. So it’s hard to say what can happen, what may happen. But four of us know how to play basketball. We know how to win games.”

While Ray speaks the truth, based on increasing reports surfacing from Jackie MacMullan in ESPNBoston (more on that later today) and the Boston Herald, the glimmer of hope that Allen could return to the C’s has become dimmer by the day, due to a variety of issues by both parties coming out as the season has concluded.

You do also have to take into account the age and health of Allen when you consider resigning him this offseason if you’re Danny Ainge. The soon-to-be 36-year-old has a lot of miles on those ankles, so he’s definitely not a sure thing investment as this juncture. The biggest question now may be if either side can mend enough fences enough for one last shot together. Certainly possible, but far from probable at this juncture from the looks of it. CelticsHub will cover this in further depth later this week.

  • High Rollers

    This year’s team became all about substance, and the only thing as important as building on a title is building on substance. KG’s the spine, and Ray is the steadying force with his absolutely exquisite professionalism. Please, DA, find a way. I don’t want to see KG retire with another good year in him; neither does Sam Cassell, go figure. I don’t want to see Ray walk out that door with his intangibles, when being a Celtic has made them shine so brightly that they lit the way for the best point guard in the league, who so often finds himself in dark places. There is so much water under the bridge that, yes, it is time to build a new one. But I assure you there are no better architects for the job than the Big 3. Ahem, Championship 4. When you find something good, you have to let it grow.

    • G-lover

      Well said, High Rollers. This, I believe, is the sentiment of all true Celtic fans. DA, do what ever is possible to keep the team together. As an old basketball head, I recall the glory days when teams stayed together until they retired or died. No such thing as every off-season, you traded the old and brought in new faces. Just think back-Bill Russell's 11 championships (Jabbar's Lakers, Jordan's)-same guys-sure you add a member or two some seasons but the core remained the same. Let's at least try and see if it will work again.

  • High Rollers

    In other words, the Big 3 Era is over, but the the Championship 4 (thanks for that, Coach Collins) Era is just gettin’ started. If everyone to a man is willing to learn and grow, exhibit pride and swallow it all at the same time. If three’s company and four’s a crowd, however, then goodbye and good luck. This is the rare time to listen to Kobe, whom I’ll paraphrase: Riding off into the sunset? Nope.

  • ElRoz

    I would gladly have Ray come off the bench for one year for between $5-$7 million; but I think he wants more than a single year deal and he might want to start.

    The starting five should be
    Rondo
    Bradley
    KG (limited to 24mpg max)
    Green (to give him room to grow – Pierce is still better)
    Bass

    the main bench of Dooling, Allen (?), Pietrus, Wilcox, Pierce, Stiemsma, Hollins + a possible big-man signing.

    I wild card is how E. Moore develops and if the draft picks could play any worthy minutes.

    • marilyn

      PIERCE on the BENCH??? I think NOT…

  • High Rollers

    Don’t get me wrong, draft night and free agency have to be done just right, because next year is a whole new ball game. And if I’m Ray or KG, I don’t do a one year deal without a no-trade clause. Onus is definitely on DA in those regards. It’s just that these days the off-the-court stuff is just as valuable as the on court action. This year highlighted as much.

  • skeeds

    Let's just continue calling bullshit on all these "Ray ain't coming back because of Rondo" stuff, until we see even a small tidbit of real journalism about the matter.

    Ray's too smart and too professional to base his career choices on whether he can be best friends forever with a 26year old kid. As if all the teams supposedly trying to land him, have no high maintenance divas in their locker rooms that'll give him headaches. Knicks. Heat. Clippers. cooooooome oooon!

  • High Rollers

    I was thinking the same thing, Skeeds.

  • yeah

    Okay so this is my dream:

    Rajon Rondo
    Avery Bradley
    Jeff Green
    Kris Humphries
    Kevin Garnett

    Goran Dragic
    Ray Allen
    Paul Pierce
    Brandon Bass
    Chris Wilcox

    Keyon Dooling
    (draft pick)
    Mickael Pietrus
    (draft pick)
    Greg Stiemsma

    Hollins, Pavlovic, Johnson, and Daniels' names can get thrown around in there too to be considered. If Ray Allen moves on, I would want Shannon Brown in his place. I'm not a big E'Twaun Moore fan at this juncture, and remember; Shannon Brown and Doc Rivers are like best friends.

    Ultimately I think the onus should be on signing re-signing Kevin Garnett and Jeff Green, and signing Kris Humphries and Goran Dragic.

    • Anthony

      Shannon Brown would be nice pick up for the right price. The guy can flat out jump out the gym. Would be amazing highlight fast breaks with him and Rondo. Dragic would be great also but the guy is a starter for sure and is going to get paid big time in off-season. Humphries just isn't worth $8+ million a year and you already know the guy is not taking a paycut.

      If we're going to dream why not just try to trade for DHoward? JGreen, JJJ and our two 1st round picks for DHoward and Orl's 1st round pick. If DHoward doesn't want to play for the Celts after this post-season, then he really doesn't care about team or winning.

      PG – Rondo, Keyon, Etwaun
      SG – AB, Lou Williams, (draft pick)
      SF – Pierce, Novak, (draft pick)
      PF – KG, Bass, Sean Williams
      C – DHoward, Stiemsma, Hollins

      Think about the kind of defense with KG and DHoward patrolling the paint and Rondo and AB guarding the wing. A wide array of shooters with AB, Lou, Pierce, KG, Novak, and Bass. Low post with KG and DHoward.

      Just 2 weeks before draft and free agents signings. Can't wait to see what's in store for the Celts. DA, please don't F it up, please.

      • yeah

        Oh wow I totally forgot Steve Novak. He's definitely in my dream team too.

        • skeeds

          Change Hollins to Wilcox and we have a deal. And I'm perfectly fine with Shannon Brown instead of Lou Williams, and keeping Ray instead of Novak, if possible.
          I know there's no chance in hell Orlando just fired everybody for Howard only to trade him in the offseason, but that team right there is a 70 win first season, 2titles in 3 years team. And if something would convince KG to come back, signing Howard is as good as it gets…

          … if only, dude. If only…

          • Anthony

            Wilcox is $3 mil more than Hollins. Ray is $6 mil more than Novak. I just think Lou is a better offensive player and can create his own shots but Shannon Brown would be a great option also.

            True that Orl got rid of a lot of people to please DHoward but that does not necessarily mean that he would still want to stay. They have so many bad contracts (Hedo, Big Baby, Duhon, Reddick, JRich, QRich, Jameer) it'll be tough for them to rebuild around him.

            You are correct… "if only"

          • marilyn

            wilcox is coming back then?

        • High Rollers

          The way he performed against us in the regular season was unbelievable, but then he was pretty disappointing against Miami in the postseason, being shockingly unable to get a shot off. True colors? At any rate, I think we've seen enough of guys for whatever reason not able to get a shot off against a good defense.

  • High Rollers

    Yeah, that crew will ballin’ in my dreams tonight, too. Good call.

    • High Rollers

      Will be, that should be.

  • High Rollers

    That roster would have just about everything. All world starting point guard. The savviest, most intense, demanding, caring, disciplined starting center/player in the league. Young, athletic, skilled, scoring, rebounding forwards/wings. The sneakiest scorer in the league. The ballsiest sharp-shooter. A young, capable, fiery backup point. A seven footer with a sixth sense for swat and a nice touch on the J. Honey badger D. Off the ball movement. Reverend Dooling and rooks to preach to. The positive energy overflow of Peaches.

    This would be the All Everything Team.

  • Big 4 fan

    Ray praying for you to have a safe successful surgery tomorrow morning and a Quick recovery so you can come back with a vengence next season and quiet all the Nay Sayers(as KG would say).

    Thanks for playing through ALL the pain to bring us 1 game away from the finals…hope you come back to the C's!!!!

  • CelticsBIG3

    Unaffiliated, but needed to post; Thank you #Durantula for giving Lebron arachnophobia through one game. Dude vanished in yet another fourth quarter of the Finals.

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