Ray expresses desire to stay


WALTHAM, Mass. -- His name the subject of a recent (yet seemingly unlikely) trade rumor, Celtics guard Ray Allen expressed a desire to stay in Boston not only this year, but beyond after Tuesday's practice session at the Sports Authority Training Center at HealthPoint.

While Golden State Warriors coach Don Nelson was laughing off a proposed Allen-for-Monta Ellis swap on the West Coast, Allen talked seriously about his future in the NBA, including his hopes of retiring in Boston.

"I'd like to be here," said Allen, who will turn 35 this offseason. "There's no reason to be any other place. I'd love to retire with this organization. [But] that's up to the team. I want to be here. This team has proven over the decades to be a winner, one of the best in sports, and that's what this organization plans to do. I'm committed to it."

Asked if he'd consider taking less money and a shorter contract to stay in Boston, Allen seemed to indicate that wouldn't be a problem.

"I think at this point, what I'm making now -- I've made a great living throughout my career," said Allen, who is making $19.8 million this season in the final year of a five-year, $80 million extension he inked in Seattle. "I know, going into next year, whatever I sign, it won't be the money I'm making now. I know that."

Allen even went so far as to indicate that he'd be fine with a reduced role (he routinely logs 40-minute nights this season).

"Have you ever known me to worry about being in the game or playing less minutes?” he asked. "This is what I do for a living, so I live my life accordingly. Forty minutes is a lot of minutes when you get older, but however it comes up next year, I’m ready for whatever it is, whatever [Celtics coach] Doc [Rivers] needs me to do, whatever this team ends up being. I can sit right here, whatever needs to be done."

Asked earlier this season, Allen noted that his family is comfortable in Boston, particularly with his young son, Walker, receiving treatment for diabetes at some of the area's world-class facilities. Allen, however, hadn't expressed his desire as explicitly as he did Tuesday.

As for the trade rumors, Allen isn't bothered by those. He's heard them before and even if they were true this time around, he's prepared for that.

"I can't say I get worried because it's not like they say, 'Ray, you're getting traded and you've got to move to Mars,'" said Allen. "I don't look at it like that. I simply go somewhere else and play. I've been there before. I've been in that situation, where I wasn't expected to be traded, then I was traded. I don't worry about it. If one day I'm told I'm traded, and I have to move, there's nothing I can do about it. That's the nature of this job, but family and those issues, that's obviously something I'd have to deal with first."