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Celtics finding other teams interested in Ray Allen

Feb 28, 2012, 4:25 PM EDT

Boston Celtics guard Allen drives to the basket defended by Detroit Pistons guard Gordon in NBA game in Boston AP

Welcome to the world of breaking up your team, Celtics fans.

Fans are talking about trading Rajon Rondo or Paul Pierce for a big piece that can jump start the rebuilding, but that is not who other teams are calling about, reports the Sporting News.

While there has been plenty of focus on Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo, sources indicate Allen has generated the most interest from contenders. He is a knock-down perimeter shooter and a veteran who can blend well with any team. Even at age 36, Allen is in great shape and, as a free agent after the season, an easy fit into a team’s books.

The Celtics don’t want to trade Allen, but if they continue to slide and are offered a young piece or a draft pick, making a deal would be hard to resist.

Allen is still a knock-down outside shooter — 48.5 percent from three this season — who can instantly fit in any system because he works off the ball. He has an expiring contract. He also takes very good care of himself and at age 36 can probably play another year or two.

You can see why other teams want him, and why Boston doesn’t want to move him. But if a really good offer comes in, can a Celtics team that needs to start to rebuild say no?

  1. passerby23 - Feb 28, 2012 at 4:33 PM

    I don’t think the Celtics will move him this year. Ainge is still trying to figure out what they can do when healthy. If they tank in the postseason, they will likely blow it up anyway. Him coming off the books makes the rebuilding process easier.

  2. goforthanddie - Feb 28, 2012 at 4:51 PM

    “He is a knock-down perimeter shooter and a veteran who can blend well with any team. Even at age 36, Allen is in great shape and, as a free agent after the season, an easy fit into a team’s books.”

    “Allen is still a knock-down outside shooter — 48.5 percent from three this season — who can instantly fit in any system because he works off the ball. He has an expiring contract. He also takes very good care of himself and at age 36 can probably play another year or two.”

    Really didn’t need the echo, we could read it fine the first time.

    • gcbball3 - Feb 28, 2012 at 7:59 PM

      Wow douche bag get a life loser, the guy made a mistake but I guess you are perfect, do u an these other smart ass pos having nothing better to do. Watch Espn if you don’t like seeing an error omg he repeated himself who the he’ll cares u child

      • goforthanddie - Feb 29, 2012 at 6:40 PM

        Talk about needing a life AND remedial English classes…

  3. dadawg77 - Feb 28, 2012 at 4:51 PM

    Hmmm…. What can the Bulls offer?

  4. SOSB - Feb 28, 2012 at 4:52 PM

    Time to start over in boston.

  5. jebdamone - Feb 28, 2012 at 5:48 PM

    twolves probably aren’t in the talks but i think a knockdown, off the ball jump shooter like ray makes them a tough team to beat. ricky can continue to extend ray’s career and with pek and love holding down the paint the wolves need a guy that can make open shots in the worst way.

  6. SOSB - Feb 28, 2012 at 5:53 PM

    If “tough to beat” you mean they sneak into the playoffs and lose in the first round then sure.

  7. acdc363 - Feb 28, 2012 at 6:33 PM

    [expletive]

  8. tcclark - Feb 28, 2012 at 6:34 PM

    He’d look really good between Jrue Holiday and Andre Iguodala

    • b7p19 - Feb 28, 2012 at 7:45 PM

      He would, but one of those guys would probably have to be involved in the deal.

      • tcclark - Feb 28, 2012 at 8:48 PM

        for a 36 year old in the last year of his contract? no way.

  9. asublimeday - Feb 28, 2012 at 8:41 PM

    They’d never trade him to the bulls, but he’s exactly what the bulls need.

  10. cmbailey7384 - Feb 28, 2012 at 11:54 PM

    This to me is why Danny Ainge bothers me to no end. Understanding that Ray Allen is a great player and is probably the most consistent piece of the Celtics offense this season, I understand the hesitation in just trading him for anything. But the fact that he is garnering attention should at least make Ainge aware that he has a commodity and should look to maximize their value before the trade deadline. Instead, he’s looking to trade Pierce and Rondo because… yeah, I have no idea either.

  11. lemfax - Feb 29, 2012 at 4:38 AM

    Bynum & Allen how about that Kobe?

  12. losangelasbasketball - Feb 29, 2012 at 5:17 PM

    Celtics and lakers should just trade rosters…

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