Allen unfazed by rumors
WALTHAM, Mass. -- His name the subject of a recent (yet seemingly unlikely) trade rumor, Boston Celtics guard Ray Allen expressed a desire to stay in Boston not only this year but beyond, after Tuesday's practice session at Sports Authority Training Center at HealthPoint.
While Golden State Warriors coach Don Nelson was laughing off a rumored 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 [in Boston]. There's no reason to be any other place. I'd love to retire with this organization. [But] that's up to the team.” -- Celtics guard Ray Allen
"I'd like to be here," said Allen, who is a free agent at season's end and will turn 35 in the 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 signed 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 OK with a reduced role (this as 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 said he 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 gotta move to Mars,' " Allen said. "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."
Celtics coach Doc Rivers said Wednesday morning on Boston sports radio station WEEI that he didn't believe the Celtics would make a trade before the Feb. 18 deadline.
"I've heard some silly talk over the last two or three days about trades that we've been discussing, which I wish I had known about," Rivers said. "They were interesting. Obviously if we can improve our team we're going to. But, I don't think there's a trade out there that we can pull off and I don't mind if we don't."
Chris Forsberg covers the Celtics for ESPNBoston.com. Follow him on Twitter.
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