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Thursday, February 4th, 2010 at 10:30 am  |  23 responses

Danny Ainge, Ray Allen Discuss Trade Talk

The Celtics’ GM had a pow-wow with the star guard about all the trade chatter involving Ray-Ray of late: “Celtics GM Danny Ainge gave a mini ‘State of the Celtics’ address yesterday on ‘The Big Show’, clearing the air about several hot topics, including whether he had initiated trade talks about Ray Allen. He said he hadn’t made any phone calls about Allen. He also didn’t rule out the possibility. He said that a trade involving Allen was unlikely. Ainge said he met with Allen to talk about all the murmurs. The way Allen tells it, he was with his wife and kids when Ainge called him into the practice facility to talk. ‘We just talked about all the things,’ Allen said. ‘I don’t really watch a whole lot of TV and read the newspaper. It’s just other people on the outside talking about me being traded and going different places. Everybody’s like, ‘Are you going somewhere?’ I was like, ‘It’s out of my control. It’s nothing I even worry about.’ It’s even tougher because other people bring it to me and they have to deal with it.”‘

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  • RickyRude

    They should keep Allen and see how Celtics do after this year’s Playoffs. I wouldn’t count them out or change their core. Look at what happened to Detroit once Wallace and Billups left. They all have the talent, even if they don’t have fire sometime, I guarantee come June, these boys will be ready to rock ‘n roll. Mark my words.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    If you look short term, then keeping him is obvious. But if you look in the long run, getting someone younger would probably help the team more. But either way, if the Celtics trade away Ray Allen, that would be so arms considering that they’re still a playoff contender…

  • http://www.behindtheb.blogspot.com Sam Raphael Chadwick

    Ray Allen isnt going any where they just need to get him a good back-up who can shoot such as Dequan Cook from Miami, he would learn alot from ray-ray and would becme a great scorer

  • nastierthanu

    Tough move and a PR nightmare. This is a prime case of hindsight being 20\20. If they grab a player with some young legs and talent it might be worth it. These cats are old and u have to get value for pieces when they have value. Glad I’m not ainge

  • BackInBlack

    It would be a bad move, remember the 42 points in playoffs last year

  • riggs

    @Backinblack: but do you also remember his non-existence in the playoffs as well, gotta take the good with the bad even though ray is one of my fav players of all time.

  • ClydeSays

    Ainge would have to find a young player(s) who can provide immediate help for this year’s stretch run and beyond. Defenses are going to sag off of Rondo & Perk until they start averaging 20ppg. If you replace Ray with any less of an offensive threat, Pierce and KG will see double and triple teams every trip down the floor.

  • BackInBlack

    true say riggs

  • letsmotor

    ray had a 51 point game in the playoffs too if i remember correctly. and you’re right, riggs, he does come up short sometimes. but that’s one of the great things about having four guys who can produce offensively. every now and then one or two (and this is especially true for the older three) will have a night or series of games where their age catches up with them, but when healthy, they just have too many threats to be rendered ineffective by the struggles of one.

  • jedi420

    I think if you have a core of guys that are as good as the Celtics, you try to keep them together and win a chip… They are a top 5 team in the league right now, that is not an easy feat in itself, ride the wave and try to get it done.

  • Vegas

    Now that the celtics have their title that satisfied the fan’s demand (for a short while), shouldnt they start looking toward the future to insure that they will remain in the playoffs even after the big three? If i were boston, i would at least try to go for someone like iguodala, maybe Richard jefferson, or even Antwan jamison from the Wizards.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Say what you want about him being “non-existent” in the playoffs (untrue) but he’s still better than Pierce when it counts.

  • http://slamonline.com dmonz

    Agree that they should wait till what happens in the playoffs before they make any moves.. I believ KG is more than a liability than Allen ryt now,it seems that he can’t go over his injuries.. and no KG or a less than 100% KG in the playoffs would make the C’s loose in the East again, just like last year… The Bulls seems to have their number

  • http://slamonline.com dmonz

    unless they can get Amar’e for Allen and Sheed

  • http://slamonline.com dmonz

    how about Sheed and KG for Amare…

  • http://www.yahoo.com Logues

    dmonz: cant get rid of kg! i love ray, he’s one of my fav players in the league, but trading him might be the right decision, but id really hate to see him go

  • therighttoremainsalient

    charles barkley made an interesting, if not blunt point about the celtics and their aging (and unhealthy) roster today during the CLE-MIA game, he said that ‘old teams/players don’t get healthy {with reference to the physical condition that NBA players need to be in to win the ultimate prize come playoffs}. I think it’s a fair comment, and this is why there is so much trade talk surrounding the Celts. For them to make it to the finals this year, if not win against the Lakers in the NBA finals they are going to have do adjust their roster, perhaps someone like Ray Allen gives them the bargaining chip they need to make that big move.

  • whitey

    Trade him to the bulls for kirk hinrich and John Salomons please we need a player who can nock down a jumper when needed!!

  • http://myspace.com/weezyleezy337 GametimeWeezy

    man i’d just hate to see Ray go…thats why the business side of pro ball sux. a lot of people out here are saying enough with the trade talks and just give it some time.

  • SaveTheRay

    If they had no chance this year I say consider a trade. BUT we know what we have in Ray on and off the court, basketball and personality wise. AND he can play, he is not perfect but he makes a ton of shots when we need them – how can you ask more of him than that. Even Jordan had bad games, a few of them even. Why get a player who is unknown how he will fit an and (god forbid) may also have a shooting slump???

  • BostonBaller

    The 1st 3 comments were on point..riggs, “non-existance” is a bit off when you consider that scoring is only one part of the game, i do believe Ray did a lot of the other things very well during his “slump”. Don’t forget that Ray has played very well when one of the big guns have been sidelined, his “star” qualities shine during those times and when everyone is healthy he opens up the offense for everyone. I like Amare but to give up that outside shooting for a guy who may never be happy unless he is the #1 option (on a losing team) is crazy. KG & Sheed for Amare is the dumbest thing I’ve heard in years, there are only a couple of players that would command two quality players (Kobe, Bron, Wade). Iguodala, Richard Jefferson and Antwan Jamison would not work teamwise and salary cap-wise. you have to love NBA fans…

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    That’s very odd that the Celtics, in looking to become younger and healthier, would be shopping RAY ALLEN, the guy who hasn’t missed strings of games due to injury…..

  • Shifty

    Ray allen is the only big 3 man who has kept in good health, they shouldn’t trade him because come playoff time i know that these guys are just gonna tear s#@t up!

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