Boston Celtics Rumors
Boston Celtics fans still haven’t forgiven Ray Allen for leaving the team after the 2011-12 season. The sharpshooter opted to join LeBron James and the Miami Heat, which Celtics fans took worse than a knife in the back. When Allen turned 42 on Thursday, fans on the page @bostonceltics4ever took some shots at him. But Jesus Shuttlesworth responded. “Y’all need to get over it!!!” Allen wrote in a since-deleted comment. “[W]here were you all when the team tried to trade me[?]…Get over it!!!!”
On leaving the Western Conference for the East “When we’re going through this process and you keep seeing some of the big-name guys and it’s like, the West is loading up more and more and more, it’s not something where, like, I’m going to go East just so I don’t have to play them, ’cause you don’t want to run from competition at all. That’s not how I am. But there is a sense that it’s probably a smarter thing as far as you’re not going to have to battle it out with all these teams just to make it to the second round, make it to the third round, giving yourself a better chance against a Golden State. So it definitely crosses your mind, 100 percent.
Most teams, including the asset-rich Celtics, have placed the obligatory call letting Cleveland know they would like to be kept in the loop, sources say. Boston could offer Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder and one of their golden picks — Brooklyn’s pick next season, or the Lakers/Kings pick they got from Philly in the Markelle Fultz deal. It’s unclear if they would dangle all of that, but those picks could represent the young stud Cleveland needs. Regardless, a deal between the East’s two best teams seems unlikely.