Sunday, July 8, 2012
Ray Allen leaves Celtics for the Miami Heat.
Micky Arison, owner of the Miami Heat, tweeted last night that former Boston Celtics guard Ray Allen, was going to be the next member of the Heat. Allen picked the Miami Heat despite Celtics offering a no trade clause, a longer contract (3 years instead of 2) & six million per year instead of three, but they couldn't promise the one thing Allen wanted, a starting role. Allen also thought he had a better chance of winning another ring with the Heat, rather than the Celtics.
Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo weren't the best of friends, it's being reported they stopped getting along since the 2009-2010 season, writers like Adrian Wojnarowski said their relationship was "too far gone" and there was no turning back. Allen felt disrespected by Rondo, the Celtics point guard wanted the Celtics to start younger guard Avery Bradley instead of Allen, that and Rondo's attitude, were just too much for Allen to handle and Pat Riley surely took advantage of that and convinced Allen to make the jump.
Celtics general manager, Danny Ainge, put Allen's name in trade talks almost every year, he almost traded him to the Memphis Grizzlies for guard OJ Mayo during the trade deadline. Allen was irate when hearing the news. Let's not accuse Ray of being a traitor and not loyal, because he played his contract fair and square, he didn't quit the team or didn't forced himself out like other players have done in the past, he just made a decision he thought was best for him. Celtics fans now call Allen, Judas Shuttlesworth.
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