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When Ray Allen left the Boston Celtics (for less money, mind you) to join the reigning NBA champion Miami Heat in July, Celtics fans understandably felt betrayed.
My reaction was a little more extreme, but I was also in a bar in Oxford, Ohio at 1:30 a.m. when I got the news, so I wasn’t exactly in a stable mindset.
Now that a cooler, more sober head has prevailed—Okay, I’m still really ticked off, but I’m not inebriated—and Danny Ainge has (almost) finished retooling the Celtics’ roster, Boston appears to be better off without Allen.
Jesus Shuttlesworth is known as one of the most well-conditioned players in the NBA. But the Celtics needed to get younger fast, and Allen had clearly become the most fragile of the Big Three over the past two seasons.
Adding the more versatile Jason Terry—who is not only more comfortable coming off the bench, but can play point guard as well as shooting guard—and the younger Courtney Lee (40.1 percent from three-point range last year) more than make up for the loss of Allen.
There will also now be less pressure on Avery Bradley to feel like Allen could reclaim his spot as the starting shooting guard, and the rumored Rajon Rondo-Ray Allen beef is officially a thing of the past.