Yesterday, Ray Allen trade rumors began, as Monta Ellis’ name was tossed around in a possible swap. (A rumor Ellis’ coach Don Nelson scoffed at.)
But Allen, whose contract expires after this season, doesn’t want to go anywhere, telling the Boston Globe he’d like to stay in Boston this year and beyond.
“I would love to be here,’’ Allen said Saturday. “In my mind right now, for me there’s no other place to be. It’s a great tradition. This is really NBA basketball to me, being a part of a team and the tradition of winning, a great fan base.”
In a perfect world, Allen said, he’d resign with the Celtics as soon as possible.
“I am a loyalty person. If the opportunity presented itself to get a deal at the current moment as we speak, I would be all over it,’’ said Allen, who is averaging 15.9 points per game. “So moving forward, I don’t have to worry about how the summer is going to go and long term we at least between myself, Kevin [Garnett] and Paul [Pierce], we know we are going to be here, Rasheed [Wallace] and [Rajon] Rondo. You know what the core is going to be.’’
While he’d like to re-up with Boston, Allen knows the NBA is a business, and it might be tougher to reach an agreement than he would hope.
“There is a business connected to it. The team is going to do what they think is necessary. We’ll have to make a decision based on how they come to me business-wise.’’