You can find speculation of all sorts on Ray Allen’s prospective new homes around the league and just this morning on WEEI SI’s Chris Mannix reiterated that he still expects Kevin Garnett to retire. But via ESPN Boston, Stephen A. Smith’s sources suggest that both will be back in Boston next season:
“There is a good chance (both Garnett and Allen return to the Celtics),” Smith says. “From what I am hearing, I spoke with a few sources yesterday, they tell me there’s a very good chance Kevin Garnett will remain with the Boston Celtics and that Ray Allen will as well. Regardless of these rumors you’re hearing about him potentially going to Miami. They are aware of the fact that he wants to see what’s out there, he wants to test the market, he wants to feel good abut whatever decision he makes. He doesn’t want to shun everybody else and just re-sign with Boston, but money isn’t necessarily a top priority. He wants to be in a very comfortable situation for both him and his family.”
The expectation is that we’ll have confirmation of KG’s intentions by this weekend, which will give Danny Ainge clarity on how to approach the free agent market, which opens for business on July 1st.
The results of tonight’s draft (along with any other subsequent Boston moves) might also give us a hint which way the wind is blowing.