Ray Allen came close to being traded out of Boston last month, and will again face the possibility of changing teams this summer. Talking to Mark Murphy of the Boston Herald about his impending free agency, Allen suggested that he'd prefer not to settle for a one-year deal this offseason.
"I don’t want to go into this season, like I have in past seasons, worrying about whether I was going to be traded or not," Allen said. "For all of us, you deal with that over the course of your career, but wherever I end up after this summer, that has to be the No. 1 mandate. At this time I owe it to my family to be ultimately selfish, because I’ve been a very unselfish team player, and I’ll always do that. But when it comes to myself and my family, I have to make sure that I don’t rock their worlds or put them off kilter in any fashion."
Allen is in his fifth season as a Celtic, having signed a two-year deal in July 2010 to remain in Boston. Asked about whether he'll be wearing a Celtics uniform next season, The 36-year-old said it's "hard to say" and acknowledged that his best chance to earn one final ring could come in another city. Whatever happens this summer, the veteran sharpshooter definitely wants to continue his career, and isn't ready to talk about retirement yet.
"The landscape always changes over the summer," Allen said. "Just from what I see around the NBA, there’s a lot of teams that look forward to having me. I just want to be somewhere where I’m valued, cherished and I can go out and play."