Celtics

Ray Allen opens up on his rift with Kevin Garnett and departure from Boston

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It’s been nearly 10 years since Ray Allen elected to turn down twice the money in Boston and sign with the Celtics rival in Miami in July 2012. While Paul Pierce and Allen signaled last year they buried the hatchet from some of the ill will that Allen’s departure created by his exit, there is still a clear rift between several former key C’s and Allen, including Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo.

Allen has remained mostly quiet on the subject in recent years but on the Cedric Maxwell podcast (a guy who has always been an Allen defender), Allen opened up on the factors leading to his exit, his current relationship with Garnett and the city of Boston and whether those fences can be mended.

“I left because there were so many unresolved issues that the team wasn’t considering or willing to change. As a free agent, you want to know the team is going to do the things you know they need to do,” Allen said. “So what is it now? It’s 2020, so you’re talking about nine years, now. I’ve gotten so much hate, death threats, vitriol from Boston fans. Obviously these guys have kind of removed me from the Big 3 and said so many negative things about me and I haven’t had one negative thing to say about any of them.”

Allen had been the subject of several trade rumors and one near-deal to Memphis for OJ Mayo in the final years of his stay in Boston. Tension also built within the team due to his deteriorating relationship with Rondo along with the decision by Doc Rivers to start Avery Bradley over him late in the season in 2012.

“I always explain that we are players that have to decide what’s best for us because the organization moves forward,” Allen said of his exit. "They trade you, they get rid of you, they cut you, and so it wasn’t a knock