Celtics coach Doc Rivers, who lives a few golf shots away from Rollins College, where the Celtics summer league team is practicing, swung by for tonight’s session, and shared a few thoughts about the loss of Ray Allen to Miami.
“I thought we (courted Allen). Danny (Ainge) in particular did exactly what he should have done. Kevin Garnett was our focal point, and he should have been. If that got anyone ruffled, then that’s probably too bad. We did everything we were supposed to do. At the end of the day you just follow the money trail, and in this case, for whatever reason, it didn’t work. He had his reasons. He probably got bent sideways a bit by us courting Kevin. I really don’t know, honestly.
“But at the end of the day he was great for us here, and that’s all you can say. Clearly we would have liked him to stay with us, but I respect Ray, and that will never go away.”
It must hurt Doc seeing Ray leave after all these years together. It's one thing when a player leaves for greener pastures, but Ray basically just pulled the "He's Just Not That Into You" move.
In other Celtics news, Ainge is reportedly still after O.J. Mayo.
Not sure of Celtics' salary situation, but hearing they've "stepped up their interest in OJ Mayo," via text from source.
— Sam Amico (@SamAmicoFSO) July 7, 2012
For the Celtics to get Mayo they'd either have to to sign-and-trade for him, convince Dallas to sign-and-trade Terry to us (thus reopening the MLE option for Mayo) or construct some weird 3 way sign-and-trade where the Heat get Ray Allen, the Celtics get O.J. Mayo and the Grizzlies get something to be determined.