I don’t know why, but I’ve always been pretty confident Ray Allen would re-sign with the Boston Celtics. Maybe it was because, after the brutal Game 7 loss I still can’t think about without slamming my head against a wall, he said, “I’d like to be here. There’s no reason to be any other place.
“I’d love to retire with this organization. [But] that’s up to the team. I want to be here. This team has proven over the decades to be a winner, one of the best in sports, and that’s what this organization plans to do. I’m committed to it.”
That sounds like a man who really wanted to remain a Boston Celtic, no? Well, it might not be that easy. (CSNNE)
“He’s going to wait. He’s doing his business, and I’m fine with that,” Rivers said. “I just hope we get him back.”
Rivers acknowledged it has been difficult at times knowing that both the Celtics and Allen want to reunite, but well aware that Allen has to do what is best for him and his family which is to explore all the options at his disposal.
“It is nerve-wracking, because some one can come along and pay him more than we can pay him,” Rivers said. “That can happen. We have to be prepared for that as well.”
Utah’s Kyle Korver is among the better shooting guards available this summer. The Celtics have already had discussions with the representatives for wing players Rasual Butler and Antoine Wright.
“I don’t know,” Rivers said when asked about the C’s backup plan. “But none of them can really replace Ray.”
I may sound a little insensitive, but hasn’t Ray made enough money? If he wants to retire a Boston Celtic so badly and the C’s made him a reasonably fair offer, why doesn’t he just take the offer? Why is he waiting this out?
There are two possibilities: 1) Ray and his agent have a lot of leverage. They know the C’s don’t really have many options besides re-signing him, so they’re trying to bleed out a big contract. Or 2) Ray is really considering joining Lebron, Wade, and/or Bosh on a super-team.
I hope it’s option number one. I can deal with overpaying Ray, mostly because, well, I’m not the one whose money is going to be spent. The owners might think differently than I do, though they’ve never been cheap in the past.