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Doc Rivers on Whether C’s Will Be Able to Re-Sign Ray Allen: “I Don’t Know”

 

In what comes as a bit of a shift from Doc Rivers’ last public remarks on the matter Sunday, Boston’s head coach took a little less of an optimistic outlook about the C’s chances of re-signing their 37-year-old shooting guard while appearing on The Dan Patrick radio show today.

When asked about whether Ray Allen will be back in Boston, Doc responded, “I don’t know. We’re working hard. He has a lot of options and that’s the bad news for us. It’ll be interesting. I wish I had a feel on it. I have to say usually I do. But I can tell you in this one I don’t.”

Patrick then asked when the last time Doc spoke to him: “”Yesterday,” Rivers said. “I’m going to talk to him today, I’m going to talk to him tomorrow, I’m going to talk to him the next day.”

Doc later joked when asked about what it would take to close the deal with Allen, “I need to call Calipari and need to see how he does it.”

While the tenor of the interview was light, (Rivers was on his way golfing) you could tell by the tone in Doc’s voice (as well as by his responses) Ray’s return could be more uncertain than ever. Doc’s comments are also a pretty dramatic shift from his remarks to ESPNBoston.com on Sunday.

“We really want him back and I really think at the end of the day that he will be back because this is such a good fit for him. We need him back and we’re trying to get him back. We can offer him more money. Yes, there are a couple of teams way under the cap who might be able to offer more money. But other than that, we can offer him more (than Miami or Memphis). He already lives here. He knows his role and everything else. It’s a stretch for me to see him go somewhere else.”

It’s clear from the shift here that Doc may have been caught a bit off-guard about Ray considering going elsewhere. Did conversations with Allen over the last couple days change his tone? You have to wonder how this might all shake out. Maybe Doc is playing his cards closer to the vest now and is refusing to sound as matter-of-fact about Ray’s potential return to Boston as Allen pursues his other options.

Whatever it may be, keep a close eye now on what Doc says in the days ahead (if anything at all). He was very optimistic about KG in the days before he signed and his general tenor is a good indicator on where the C’s stand with a player. For now, these comments are not a great sign for people who want to see Allen back in Beantown next season.

  • GowGow

    I'll say it again.

    Ray goes to Miami and my respect for him will vanish.

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  • janos

    i prefer best keep ray allen but on choice clipper, heat choose clipper not want deal heat ray all playoff long

    oden will get big surprised if ray join team clipper becase tell him not do reality show dumb fat woman , rather there for work hard, practise, play basketball professional. , ray not put up that shit.

  • CMO

    WHATTTT?

  • Ruth Less

    The Celtics MUST sign Ray Allen in whatever way they can.
    DO NOT GIVE VALUABLE WEAPONS TO YOUR OPPONENTS, ESPECIALLY TO YOUR WORST ADVERSARY!
    the Cs' job is to dismantle the confidence of ALL THEIR OPPONENTS by taking ANY AND ALL THEIR ACES.
    If they cannot do that, at least DO NOT GIVE YOUR ACES TO THE WORST ENEMY!

    • OKCeltic

      Ray holds all the cards at this point. He can go where he wants. All the Celtics can do is put their best offer on the table and see how it plays out. The worst thing the team can do is overpay to keep Ray. The 2-yr, $12M offer is probably pushing it already. If Ray wants more than that, I say, "It's been a great run, but don't let the door hit you on the way out."

  • so-fla-seltic

    Can't blame the guy, the celtics claim they want him then spend the first half of the season trying to trade him. Maybe he's tired of playing under the constant trade pressure.

    • GreenM&M

      Agree 100% This was handled pretty poorly by DA.

  • ElRoz

    Ok. So if Ray doesn't return, E. Moore and Pietrus would be the alternatives off the bench. Niether is as great a shooter as Ray Allen, but Moore is younger and can shoot. Pietrus plays better defense and can shoot – his last season was not an indicator, as he was hobbled, missed games, etc.

    With Moore and Pietrus you save money – or even just Moore; Pietrus can play shooting guard and small forward.

  • skeeds

    According to Yahoo, the C's are finalizing a deal with Jason Terry.

    Shit. That means Ray is 99% out of here. It's a shame. Terry is a much, much better choice than Ray obviously, (best pick n roll guy out there), has "creates own shot" written all over his career. But I wanted Ray to stay soooo bad…

    Wel,, here's to him signing with the Clippers! Don't make us hate you Rayray!!!

  • Archie

    I want to see Ray in the green uniform..and it's been a 5 year relationship between KG and Paul Pierce if he goes to Miami it will be his oblivion

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