Tony Allen wants to re-sign with the Boston Celtics after the season is over, but hasn’t spoken to the Celtics about whether they reciprocate his interest. (NBA FanHouse)
“I want to be here,” said the reserve guard who will become an unrestricted free agent this summer. “This is definitely where I want to be. Hands down … My first negotiations are definitely going to be with the Celtics.” [...]
“They haven’t said anything to me yet,” Allen said of a possible re-signing. “But I’m sure they know that I want to be here.”
The weird thing? I actually hope the Celtics can keep TA around.
This time last year, I was watching the goddamn Lakers beat the Magic and wishing the C’s would either cut TA or find a new procedure to increase his basketball IQ to six times its natural size. Now, TA’s a solid contributor in the NBA Finals and a big reason Kobe Bryant has been slowed down. If you could have predicted that turnaround, please give me a call and tell me next week’s winning Lotto numbers.
TA also seems to have a great attitude about his role on the team.
“I’m just basically still using that same work ethic James Posey showed when he was here, that same preparation and focus that James Posey showed when he was there,” Allen said. “I’m just trying to carry that out.” [...]
“Had I been anywhere else just trying to get my stats or my numbers up or whatever, I’d be at home right now,” said Allen, realizing he might not now be in the NBA Finals had he sought to bolt to another team when he was a restricted free agent in 2008, and signed a two-year, $5 million deal with Boston. “Right now, I’d be in Cancun or the Bahamas or somewhere with my feet kicked up. But right now I’m still playing a game I truly love.”
I guess TA’s play isn’t the only place where he shows maturation.