Ray Allen doesn’t care about the money. No, it goes far deeper than that.
The veteran guard who spent the last five seasons with the Celtics before signing with the Miami Heat this summer told the Miami Herald Sunday that he was delegated to the role of a decoy in Boston.
“In Boston, they were telling me they were going to bring me off the bench — ‘We’re going to play you less minutes’ — and all I asked was, ‘How are you going to use me because the last two years you’ve been using me as decoys,’ ” Allen said. “ “‘You’re running all these plays for me just to pass it to somewhere else and you’re not putting me into any scoring opportunities and I’m just standing over in the corner the majority of games.’ ”
While he was offered more money to play in Boston, he opted to join the Heat because they defined a better role for him.
But what’s more, Allen said the steely relationship between him and Rondo was further complicated by an exchange regarding a possible trade with the Phoenix Suns in 2009. At the time, Allen said, Rondo wasn’t getting along with coach Doc Rivers and Danny Ainge.
Allen said: “So, I called him and I told him, ‘hey they’re supposedly trading us to Phoenix because you and Danny and Doc don’t get along,’ ” Allen said. ” ‘So, whatever you can do.
“So, for some reason, I guess he thought that I was … that I had something against him, or there were some issues. And I had no issues with him. I won with him.”