How Kevin Durant almost led to Ray Allen's Celtics return

Nick Friar
November 14, 2019 - 4:40 pm
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A year before the Celtics traded Isaiah Thomas to the Cavs for Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant completely shifted the balance of power in the NBA by signing with the Warriors. Of course, Golden State wasn’t the only team trying to steal the All-NBA talent from the Thunder.

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Celtics fans may remember Boston was up for consideration. Tom Brady even helped with the process.

Ultimately, Durant went to Golden State for a while, earned some hardware, then left to join ex-Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving in Brooklyn.

Had the Celtics sealed the deal and got Durant in green, that could’ve led to a reunion with another player.

As Celtics fans waited for Durant’s decision after the 2015-16 season, Ray Allen was keeping tabs on the situation. Although he hadn’t played in a game since 2013-14, he was ready to make a return under the right circumstances: in Boston, with Durant as the Celtics’ top player.

“I had a conversation with (Danny Ainge) and I told him this was my last-ditch effort. I would’ve went back,” Allen said on Ordway, Merloni & Fauria as part of Christian Fauria’s “25 for 25K” to benefit the American Diabetes Association. “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.’ And it was a great story if it went that way, if it happened. After that I wasn’t — it’s great to talk about it. There’s a lot of nostalgia associated with it. But, what’s done is done and you kind of have to move on.”

Allen also made sure to point out, “If I had to play tomorrow, I can do it,” even though he admits, “I’m an old man.”

“As many (minutes) I need to play,” he said. “I always tell people, ‘Stay ready, you never have to get ready.’”

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