BOSTON – We knew that Rajon Rondo was not happy with the Boston Celtics when they were seriously considering swapping him with New Orleans for Chris Paul.
But according to former Celtic broadcaster Kendrick Perkins, two thirds of the team’s Big Three were against the Celtics to make such a deal.
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What was that for?
“Were the rumors that started circulating and was it brought to the table that if we had exchanged Rondo and obtained CP?” Perkins said on Sirius XM Radio. “KG (Kevin Garnett) and Paul (Pierce) were like, ‘nah, we’re not doing it.’ As big as CP3 is, we just won a championship, we went wild with “do (Rondo). It is giving us everything we need. But Ray (Allen) was like, “nah, let’s do it.” “
The word eventually returned to Rondo and according to Perkins, “that’s from there.”
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Perkins added that he got to the point where they took the boxing gloves to the practice facility for Rondo and Allen to release some of the tension between them.
“We wrapped them up for two rounds,” Perkins smiled.
This shed light on the controversial relationship between Allen and some of his former teammates, a relationship that has improved with some but not so much with others.
When Rondo was planning a holiday for the players of that 2008 team to commemorate their tenth anniversary, Allen did not receive an invitation.
“I asked a couple of guys. I had a no, a no shake my head,” Rondo told ESPN’s The Undefeated in 2017, when asked why Allen was not invited.
After finding himself on the trade block while in Boston, Allen decided to leave the Celtics when he became an unrestricted free agent in 2012.
He accepted a $ 9.5 million three-year deal with rival Miami Heat.
This alone annoyed his former Celtic teammates.
Making things even more annoying for them was the fact that, leaving Boston, he also turned away from the Celtics’ two-year offer of $ 12 million, which reportedly would have included a non-trade clause.
The Heat met the Celtics that year in the playoffs and eliminated Boston before winning the first of the NBA back-to-back titles.
Kendrick Perkins: Ray Allen was all about trading for Rajon Rondo with Chris Paul originally appearing on NBC Sports Boston