Oh What A Night
June 28, 2007

Wow… this was a wild night for Celtics fans.  Let’s look at what we’ve got:

Ray Allen is going to be a Celtic

ray allen in a celtics uniformWe like this deal.  The key thing to remember was how we felt at the end of the season.  The OVERWHELMING sentiment was if we don’t get Oden or Durant, we need to trade the pick because getting younger doesn’t help us.  Most people said we needed veteran help and to shorten our rotation.  This does both… while also adding an All-Star calibur player without trading away Gerald Green or Al Jefferson.  We’re also keeping Theo Ratliff’s expiring contract… which is valuable as a bargaining chip or as cap space to resign Jefferson.  Is it a GREAT deal?  Probably not.  But is it a good deal?  We think so.

One note:  We’re really going to miss Delonte West.  Man… I just like him.

Glenn Davis, Gabe Pruitt

gabe pruitt

glenn How can you not love having a guy named “Big Baby” on the team?  That’s got all sorts of potential.  Plus… fat guys will have someone to root for.  You know… last year, Davis would have gone much higher in the draft.  As far as I’m concerned, this is a flyer on a low-post guy who can come in and knock some people around.  He and Leon Powe can go beat the piss out of one another and the last man standing can make the team.  Pruitt is not a guy I saw much of, but he seems like the athletic guard that Danny likes.  He’s probably an upgrade over Allan Ray at this point.. which might mean bad news for those of you who are already giddy over the possibility of Allan Ray and Ray Allen on the floor at the same time. 

Not a bad night overall for the Celtics.  There is some division over the Ray Allen deal… which is understandable.  I don’t think the C’s are done moving pieces, though.

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IT’S GONNA HAPPEN!
June 28, 2007

The Boston Celtics have made a trade for an All-Star… just not any of the All-Stars we heard about until today.  Ray Allen will be a Boston Celtic.

Boston will get Ray Allen and the 35th pick in this draft.

Seattle gets the 5th pick(Jeff Green) Wally Szczerbiak, and Delonte West. 

 “Boston really pursued this. What started as a smaller conversation became fulfilled. Their pursuit was impeccable,” said new Sonics’ general manager Sam Presti

There are some who have concerns about Ray’s health:

Allen underwent surgery in April on both of his ankles. He called it a season in late March, unable to tolerate the pain in his left ankle as a result of inflammation from bone spurs. Statistically, it was the seven-time All-Star’s finest season scoring, averaging 26.4 points per game, including a career-best 54-point performance against Utah in January. But the ankle and an early season foot injury limited Allen to just 55 games.

ray allen in a celtics jersey

Ray-Ray Rumors
June 28, 2007

ray allen in a celtics uniformThe Celtics are making a strong push for Ray Allen. Here’s the latest by Ian Thomsen of SI.com. 

The proposal being negotiated by Seattle and Boston would send Allen to the Celtics for a package including the No. 5 pick, Wally Szczerbiak and Delonte West. The last I heard was that Seattle was having second thoughts about the deal: The sticking point was that the Sonics wanted second-year point guard Rajon Rondo instead of West, which led Boston VP Danny Ainge to demand that Seattle also include center Robert Swift in the trade. But Seattle was unwilling to include Swift. It remained to be seen whether the Sonics and Celtics can patch it up.

I like the deal, if they are unable to get Marion or Garnett obviously. But I can’t imagine Danny would part with Rondo.

Here’s what Ray is owed over the next 3 years: $16,000,000, $17,388,430, $18,776,860

–UPDATE —

Andy Katz during ESPN’s coverage says this deal is going on at a very high level… and it would mean Seattle takes Jeff Green

What if…
June 19, 2007

Tony Allen makes a full recovery from his devastating knee injury? Do you remember how well he was playing last season when he went down? According to the Herald, Allen shot free throws without a knee brace for about 15 minutes Tuesday. Ainge said he’s ahead of schedule and should be 100% at the start of training camp. I’m already giddy thinking about the defensive pressure Allen and Rondo could put on opposing teams’ guards. Okay…maybe I’ve been drinking too much of the Healthpoint Kool-Aid, because my optimism is starting to surface and we haven’t even reached the draft yet. One other thing…Wally also worked out. (Let me guess, he’s even slower after the ankle surgery) So did a bunch of other college guys who will never make the team.

Herald: Tony, Wally & The Other Guys 

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