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Danny Ainge Responds To Ray Allen’s Departure & Future Moves

 

With the Celtics on the verge of starting their NBA Summer League in Orlando tomorrow, Gary Washburn of The Boston Globe caught up with Danny Ainge today about Ray Allen’s departure.

“Obviously we need to fill the void, we need another shooting guard, of course,” [Ainge]  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 have been in contact with the whole list of guys you would look at,” Ainge said. “I don’t want to mention names but we have been in contact with them. We’ll continue to find the best player we can.”

While the Celtics will lose the consummate professional in Allen, Ainge said the team will move forward.

“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.”

So does this mean the Jeff Green deal is official now if Ainge is already referring to him as a part of the locker room? Hopefully it’s not for 10 millions dollars per year. In the meantime, Mickael Pietrus is probably waiting patiently by his phone and E’Twaun Moore’s post-summer prospects in Green just got a lot more promising as well.

Mark Murphy of  The Boston Herald  also had the stunned reaction from C’s assistant coach (and head coach of the summer league C’s) Ty Lue:

Celtics assistant coach Tyron Lue, who is running the Celtics summer league team, admitted that he didn’t see this one coming.

“I was shocked. I see Ray as a Celtic, but in this business you have to do what’s best for you,” said Lue. “So I have to wish him luck. But changing uniforms after being around here for so long is pretty big.

“Ray’s a professional – comes ready to play every day with the same workout he’s been doing for the last 15 years,” he said. “He’s the ultimate professional. The young guys will miss him, but somebody else has to step up and take responsibility.”

I have a feeling we’ll be hearing a lot more of “it’s a business” talk from Celtics players as more and more reaction comes in. I’m curious to know how some of those veterans (as well as Doc Rivers) truly feel about the situation.

  • Chuck M

    I watched a lot of Celts games last year and it was obvious to me that Ray was open in a corner many times after running his butt off and Rondo didn't even look at him. In Rondo's defense, he was always looking to get the ball to Garnett who was closer to the basket and had been playing great.
    I really think this was one of the major reasons why Allen decided not to go here along with coming off the bench and the constant trade rumors.

    • Rain

      I noticed the same thing, Allen would be open but Rondo would try to create something else. Allen did deserve more looks but never got them which never allowed him to get into that groove of hitting crazy 3's as usual. Whatever the reason, how we feel won't affect the situation. I will be supporting Ray no matter what due to his dedication to the league.

    • Mark

      What about the NUMEROUS occasions where Rondo is pounding the ball waiting for Ray to get open on MULTIPLE screens only to 1) force it to another guy with the shot clock running down because Ray has lost a step 2) force a shot up himself because the shot clock was running down because Ray has lost a step or 3) force it into Ray and see 20 seconds wasted on offense and hear a clank or nothing at all because Ray air balled?

      Also, Doc loved using Ray as a decoy. It was easy to tell when Ray running around like a madman was more of a decoy than actually trying to get him open for a shot.

  • Michael

    He makes a lot, he misses a lot (remember the 2010 finals?). Never felt confident when he put the ball on the floor. I remember quite a few poor passes leading to turnovers. Couldn't really defend all that well. He's 37 and well see if he can even get through next season with his ankles.

    With that said, thanks for the memories Ray, it was an honor to watch you in green.

    • ElRoz

      Oh maaaaan – game 3 2010 finals? 0-13..that was a winnable game…and close game…he went 0-13.
      Yes, thanks for your effort Ray and for some clutch stuff. But that 0-13 I'm still speechless about it. I moved on past 2010 finals, but I cannot still fathom his 0-13 and the close loss they suffered.

    • kg215

      Good recap of Ray's game these days. I cringed sometimes when he tried to drive, high % chance of a turnover. When he passed same thing, it would be telegraphed and the younger guards in this league really went after the ball. The passes were slow and had bad angles. Those same younger guards also burned him. His shooting is all there, everything else has been declining for about 2 years.

  • Brown

    My vote is to go after Brandon Rush.

  • Pauper

    I saw what Chuck M saw as well. The rift might be Ray being the shooter he is thinks everytime he's open, the shot is as good as money but Rondo is the point and he's trying to run the game plan which could be more inside the paint with KG or more driving to the basket as opposed to winning or losing with outside shots. If that's the case I understand why Ray thinks the way he does but he's not the point and if Doc counts on Rondo to run the game plan then you have to live or die with that. I got frustrated watching all the live and die by the jumper games. Bringing in JT, resigning Green, and having AB back makes us more like the recent versions of the Spurs except all our pieces are better.

  • Miggy_Miggz

    Ray was a great Celtic and I'll never forget what he did for this team and organization, but I still feel betrayed. He had very little reason to leave Boston. In the end, I'll always feel like he quit on the team, but whatever, sometimes that's how the business works.

    • Rain

      There could be a lot of very legitimate reason why. Boston did play with him putting him on the trading block the last 2 years. He could have been traded mid season this year. I would think him making the choice to go to Mia is better than letting Boston trade him to a team he did not want to be on.

      Whatever the reason, I will support Ray because of his great contribution to the league. Ultimately it is his decision what he feels is his best for him and he made clear to the public mid season he would be thinking of him and his family first.

      I just want to know what all this talk about him and Rondo not getting along was all about…….

  • GreenM&M

    I'm sure the guys will give us the "it's a business" line if asked. We'll find out how they truly feel the next time they play and Ray tries to take the ball to the basket.

  • Pauper

    An aging rich man who's accomplished much in life and repected in society sees the end is within sight. A young hottie who's after his money and has nothing in common with him wants to marry. His family and friends tell him how ridiculous it will look and how he's throwing away everything he's built. Does he choose to leave the legacy he can only enjoy after it's all over or does he try and recreate the illusion of his glory days even if it's temporary? Tough choice.

    • kg215

      Unfortunately in that scenario we are the old ball and chain. The problem is we are not the loyal wife that has stood by the rich man the whole time. If anything we would be the wife that threatens to divorce and remarry someone else for 3 years, then on the 3rd year asks for the divorce and then cancel at the last minute. We promise to stop being such a "female dog," but the young hottie comes and just wants a fling with no commitment. It's actually not that tough, and that is why I blame Ainge for Ray leaving. But I strongly believe we didn't desperately need Ray. His shooting would have been great, but he has/had a lot of holes in his game due to age. And I am talking pre-injury, the shooting guard is a super athletic position and Ray has almost none left.

  • Vince

    The Celtics had every right to shop Ray… and every other player on the team. The GMs job is to put the best players on the court, not kiss everyone's butt. Every player signs a contract knows they're going to get all that money, they don't know it will be from the same employer. Danny can shop Ray, Ray can choose to chase a ring as the 5th best option on the best team in the league for $6M less. Good luck Ray, and good luck chasing that ring while you carry DWade's and LeBraon's luggage.

  • Zee

    What's done is done.

  • MoveOnCelts

    OJ Mayo Micheal Redd JR Smith Mickael Pietrus

  • Mr.Mu

    This video of Jason Terry crushing the Heat in 2011 Finals will surely bring a smile to your face! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NIq6QaGs1as

    • Zee

      That blessed me right there! Thanks for that! :)

  • someguyinsac

    I'll take MP, he familiar with the system and the only thing that might have derailed him somewhat was his concussion injury.

  • Nate

    I really hope we f**k the heatles and ray up next year
    They have a lot of bad karma on that team right now-they’ve pissed off a lot of sports fans and now theyve gone and messed with us-I sense a little leprechaun will do some mischief in miami. Lol
    Go celtics!!!!!

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