The Celtics have made an offer to Ray Allen, according to NBA Fanhouse’s Chris Tomasson via Twitter. The terms of the offer, which was confirmed by Danny Ainge, were not disclosed.
Whatever the offer was, I’m assuming it won’t offend Ray. The Celtics understand his importance. (Boston Herald)
“Oh, it’s huge,” he said. “I mean, we need Ray back. He’s big for our team and what we try to do. You know, Ray has sacrificed more than anybody on our team of the Big Three. So it’s huge for us to bring him back.
“We need that shot. We need him in the locker room. It’s as big a signing as we could have.”
The coach then paused.
“For us,” Rivers said, “it’s as important as LeBron going wherever he goes.”
Doc Rivers, meanwhile, believes Ray wants to stay a Celtic but worries about another team blowing him away with a huge offer. (CSNNE)
“He wants to be a Celtic,” Rivers said. “The problem is, Ray has to do his business. He has to do his job. We’re just hoping that someone doesn’t come out and has so much money to offer, that he basically can’t turn it down.”
So if you’re scoring at home, we have two things to worry about in regards to Ray: 1) Some team throwing a whole bunch of money at him, and 2) the prospect of playing alongside Lebron, Wade and/or Bosh being too intriguing to turn down.
On to the other Allen, the Celtics have been in talks with Tony Allen too.
Ainge acknowledged that Tony Allen, who played a critical role in Boston’s run towards the NBA Finals this past season, is also a player Boston has had discussions with about coming back.
“We just haven’t come to any agreement,” Ainge told CSNNE.com. “But, yes, we’re talking with Tony.”
I still can’t believe I actually want Tony Allen to be a Celtic next year. This time last year I was more or less trying to raise money so I could buy out TA’s contract myself. Now I finally trust Tony, even though it’s a known fact that everyone and their mother overachieve in contract years. (By the way, ”everyone and their mother” definitely does NOT include Marquis Daniels.)