When everybody believed Ray Allen was already on his way to South Beach or somewhere in the West Coast, we have just learned that Danny Ainge is doing everything he can to convince Ray to stay in Boston:
No sooner did midnight pass today than Danny Ainge was on the phone with the free agent he is now approaching with a single-minded purpose.
Regardless of who else the Celtics eventually sign, Ainge said this morning that signing Ray Allen is “our number one priority."
Allen has reportedly built up a long list of suitors, including Miami, Phoenix and Memphis. (...)
But the Celtics, with Allen’s Bird rights and, for the first time, cap space, can at least double that offer in the first year. Though they are willing to sign Garnett for three years, it’s unclear whether the Celtics would also sign Allen for more than one year.
As suspected, Ray is looking for stability and he doesn´t want to experience the trade deadline rumors anymore. I guess Danny´s trying to convince Ray that the situation won´t be repeated:
Allen has also expressed a desire to be free of the threat of a trade come trade deadline time - an experience he went through each of the last two seasons, last year when the Celtics nearly dealing him to Memphis for O.J. Mayo.
But Ainge made it clear that Allen will have an important role in his plans now.
“We want Ray back, and we’re approaching this as the first thing we have to get done,” said the Celtics president of basketball operations.
More details on what the Celtics offer to Allen may be came from Chris Broussard (hopefully the true twitter account):
Source: Celtics willing to double (in terms of $) Heat offer to Ray Allen. Will give 2 years/$12 million. Heat can offer only $3 mill a yr
— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) July 1, 2012
It remains to be seen if Ray Allen will continue wearing Celtic green next season, but at least we know that there is interest from both sides in it. Stay tuned for updates