Originally posted on Celtics Life  |  Last updated 7/1/12
When everybody believed Ray Allen was already on his way to South Beach or somewhere in the West Coast, we have just learned that Danny Ainge is doing everything he can to convince Ray to stay in Boston: No sooner did midnight pass today than Danny Ainge was on the phone with the free agent he is now approaching with a single-minded purpose.Regardless of who else the Celtics eventually sign, Ainge said this morning that signing Ray Allen is “our number one priority."Allen has reportedly built up a long list of suitors, including Miami, Phoenix and Memphis. (...)But the Celtics, with Allen’s Bird rights and, for the first time, cap space, can at least double that offer in the first year. Though they are willing to sign Garnett for three years, it’s unclear whether the Celtics would also sign Allen for more than one year.Allen has also expressed a desire to be free of the threat of a trade come trade deadline time - an experience he went through each of the last two seasons, last yea...
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