While Celtics GM Danny Ainge doesn't personally hold a grudge toward Ray Allen, not everyone within the organization feels that way. Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

Ray Allen left the Boston Celtics for the Miami Heat nearly eight years ago, but some ill will from that decision may still remain.

Appearing this week on 98.5 The Sports Hub’s “Toucher and Rich,” Celtics general manager Danny Ainge said that Allen’s departure for the rival Heat in 2012 “will have some impact” on whether the team retires his No. 20 jersey. Ainge went on, via Jenna Ciccotelli of Boston.com:

“[I] no longer hold any grudge against Allen. [But] that’s not the exact same feeling of everybody in the organization.

“We get along great. I’m a big, big fan of Ray. I’ll always be grateful to Ray for the championship he gave us … These are not my decisions. So if someone asks my opinion on this, I’ll weigh in at the appropriate time. But this is [Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck]’s team and he gets to make those decisions.”

Allen was acquired by Boston the same offseason as Kevin Garnett, and they teamed with Paul Pierce to win the 2008 NBA championship. The Big Three in Boston, Allen helped the Celtics become a power in the East. But then he upset fans and his ex-teammates when he left for the rival Miami Heat after five seasons in Boston. A year later, Garnett and Pierce were traded to the Nets.

The 44-year-old Allen has done his part to break the ice with his former team in recent years, but on a greater organizational level, there may still be something of a gap to bridge.

This article first appeared on Larry Brown Sports and was syndicated with permission.


  COMMENTS

The Morning Bark Newsletter. Emailed daily.

You'll receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams.

Emailed daily. Always FREE!

MORE FROM YARDBARKER:
Can you name every Boston Celtics player in the NBA Hall of Fame?
SCORE:
0/34
TIME:
9:00
1963-78
John Havlicek
1981-94
Robert Parish
1981-93
Kevin McHale
1957-69
Bill Russell
1951-63
Bob Cousy
1961-73
Tom Sanders
1980-92
Larry Bird
1966-76
Don Nelson
1958-69
Sam Jones
1971-80
Dave Cowens
1970-79
Jo Jo White
1952-61
Bill Sharman
1959-67
K.C. Jones
1957-65
Tom Heinsohn
1955-64
Frank Ramsey
1984-90
Dennis Johnson
1951-56
Ed Macauley
1979-83
Tiny Archibald
1967-70
Bailey Howell
1951-54
Chuck Cooper
1956-58
Arnie Risen
1967-68
Wayne Embry
1957-58
Andy Phillip
1954-55
Don Barksdale
1963-64
Clyde Lovellette
1986-87
Bill Walton
1978
Dave Bing
1995
Dominique Wilkins
2005
Gary Payton
1965-66
John Thompson
1988
Artis Gilmore
2011
Shaquille O'Neal
1980
Pete Maravich
1979
Bob McAdoo

Customize Your Newsletter

+

Get the latest news and rumors, customized to your favorite sports and teams. Emailed daily. Always free!