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Rivers believes bringing Ray back is essential

Posted by Gary Washburn Globe Staff  July 1, 2010 02:11 PM

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Celtics coach Doc Rivers took little time getting back to work and recruiting free agents, including the Celtics' own free agents.

Rivers said Thursday that the first call the club made was to Ray Allen, an unrestricted free agent who said he would like to return to Boston but will garner attention from other clubs looking for a standout shooter and positive locker room influence.

"I can't go into who but I can tell you we started at 12:01 last night like everybody else did," he said. "The first call we called Ray. We sat around and we have these names on the list and we said hey guys our most important guy is Ray. We gotta get Ray back. Paul and Ray. And we already talked to Paul because we could. Ray is a vital part to our basketball team, huge."

Rivers stressed Allen's importance to the Celtics' success the past three seasons.

"I think because Rondo, Kevin and Paul get so much pub, I don?t think people really appreciate and understand how important Ray is and what he does even when he is not shooting, his presence on the floor," Rivers said. "Danny and I are sitting around and thinking, 'there?s nobody out there that can do what he does.' So he?s our most important and so obviously we made some calls to some bigs and you could probably figure them out but they are all out there."

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