Before the start of the 2011-12 season, during the NBA’s lockout, there were discussions that Rondo would be traded to New Orleans for Chris Paul, but the possibility of a deal fell through, according to reports at the time, because Paul would not commit to signing with Boston when he became a free agent the following summer.
According to Allen, though, the deal fell through for a different reason: “In the end, Doc decided he couldn’t do that to their coach, Monty Williams. Doc was a mentor to Monty, having coached him in Orlando.”
Once that trade was off the table, Allen wrote that he was shocked to find the Celtics move in the opposite direction — instead of trading Rondo, Rivers decided to build the offense around him, as if rewarding his bad behavior.
Honestly I don't know what the problem is with Ray. Blowing Paul Pierce night off to go golfing was childish. And now bashing his former teammates in his new book will only add fuel to the fire on the riff between what appears to be Ray Allen and everyone else on the 2008 championship team. I always felt that Ray Allen was Donny Marshall's source when he and Gary Tanguay used to dish dirt on Rondo. At least I guess now Allen isn't using a different mouthpiece, but putting his name to the anti-Rajon stuff.
What Ray Allen was up to while KG, Rondo, and Doc Rivers celebrated Paul Pierce's career on his retirement ceremony day.
Here's Ray on why he chose to leave the Celtics and sign with the Heat:
“So let me see if I got this straight,” he wrote. “You want to pay me less money. You want to bring me off the bench. You want to continue to run the offense around Rondo. Now tell me again exactly why I would want to sign this contract?”
Dude you weren't a better player than Rondo at that stage of your career. The Celtics offered you a lot more than the Heat did too.
It would be awesome if this whole Ray Allen beef would just die, but I guess he won't let it. And he has books to sell. While Ray didn't have a strong enough Celtics career to warrant his jersey being retired, he still was an all-star on a championship team and it would nice if everyone could at least play nice and pretend to like each other. This book won't help things.