It’s inevitable that the Boston Celtics will look considerably different next season. And while there is a report that Danny Ainge is “open” to bringing everyone back, you have to think that it just won’t happen.
As it stands now, Paul Pierce will definitely be back. Rajan Rondo should as well, but they’ve tried to trade him once so you never know. As for Garnett, if he doesn’t retire, he’ll draw a ton of interest. And Ray Allen may be looking for greener pastures.
Well, that according to SI’s Chris Mannix who joined the Dennis & Callahan Show on WEEI and stated that because of the strained relationship between Allen and Rondo, Allen is looking to leave Boston.
“I think there’s no question that the relationship was strained over this year,” Mannix said. “How strained is the key, and it’s still a little bit unclear. There was some friction between those two. I think that could play a role in Ray’s decision not to come back. Now, I agree, I think that Boston probably wasn’t going to bring him back anyway, you’re right, it’s Avery Bradley’s job and Ray isn’t coming back to the Celtics to be a bench player, especially when he can be a bench player on a team that might be more likely to win a championship. But I think the relationship over the last year between Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo soured. Now, I’m not entirely clear as to how bad it got. But certainly I know that there was some legitimate, palpable friction between those two players and I think that will ultimately affect his decision in free agency.”
Like Mannix stated, the Celtics weren’t bringing Allen back anyway, but this does shed some light on the reasons Boston was thought to have wanted to trade Rajan Rondo earlier in the season.