Ray Allen says he considered returning to Celtics in 2016
Ray Allen seemed to have burned his bridge with the Boston Celtics when he left back in 2012, but apparently that wasn’t exactly the case.
In an interview this week on WEEI’s “Ordway, Merloni and Fauria,” the Hall of Fame sharpshooter said that he considered returning to the Celtics in 2016 amid the possibility of the team landing Kevin Durant in free agency.
“I had a conversation with [Celtics GM Danny Ainge] and I told him this was my last-ditch effort. I would’ve went back,” said Allen. “This was when Kevin Durant was a free agent. He was thinking about going to Boston. And I said, ‘Hey, if you guys land Kevin, I would certainly look at lacing them back up one more time and try to make something good happen here in Boston.'”
Allen, who was 40 years old at the time, had not played since the 2013-14 season. Of course, Durant went to the Golden State Warriors instead that year, and the all-time three-point leader Allen never played in another NBA game.
While Allen still appears to have bad blood with some ex-Celtics teammates stemming from his departure for the rival Miami Heat, it sounds like the fences have since been mended between Allen and the organization itself.