Wyc Grousbeck made the radio interview rounds yesterday in Boston appearing on both WEEI 93.7 FM and 98.5 The Sports Hub WBZ-FM in Boston. As you might imagine, Grousbeck as the majority owner of the C’s put on a proud public stance for the listeners out there and as cordigal as could be expected about the departure of the free agent guard. However, there are a few really crucial nuggets in this interview regarding communication issues with Ray Allen and the effect Jason Terry’s signing had on Allen’s decision. Here are a few highlights and you can check out the full interview at CBSBostonSports.com,
On how emotion factored into Ray’s decision: “I think Ray felt probably that he had lost his starting spot. That he was being asked to fit into a team that wa smoving forward. We really wanted him back and he knew that. And he felt like we tried to trade him. So when he put all of that together, that’s gotta be emotional. Now we won it with emotion in ’08, so emotion’s part of it when it’s good, and emotion is a part of it when it’s bad.”
Are the Celtics upset with him? “We’re not upset. I’m not upset, and I’ll speak for the Celtics, we’re not upset. That’s not the word. We’re gonna miss him…We don’t owe him anything but he doesn’t owe us anything.He’s done his part here. He helped us hang that banner and we wouldn’t have won it without him. So we’re just going to try to win that next one without him.”
Wyc on whether Allen asked for 3 years/27 million dollar contract: “Ray named numbers…he would have come back if we had hit a large number that would have precluded us from getting under $74 million dollars [apron] that we would have needed to get under to add other pieces to our team, so it wasn’t a part of the program.”
On how the Celtics pursuit and signing of Jason Terry affected Allen’s decision: “The conversations [with free agents] go on in real-time rapidly and you figure out who is calling you back and is interested and who is being unreasonable and not returning your calls or returning your calls and not giving you any signals. When it popped up we could sign Jason Terry along with Ray we thought, that was great, and we went ahead and made that commitment before anyone else could [to sign Terry.] I’m sure Ray and his agent knew it was happening. We didn’t view it as a negative in regards to Ray Allen. You’ll have to ask [Ray] how he saw it.”
Was there a communication gap then with Allen and he wasn’t getting back to you while that was going on? “Well, I don’t think we need to hash it out, bit by bit. The negotiators for our team are Doc Rivers and Danny Ainge. Those are the two guys who talk to the players and their agents during the moratorium. I was not on the phone with Ray or his agent. I would say when you look at the end result, our communications were not sufficient since Ray is taking his talents to South Beach.