Ray Allen admits being excited about Sonics trio with Rashard Lewis, rookie Kevin Durant
Hall of Fame guard Ray Allen recently guested on James Posey’s “The Posecast” podcast, and one of the subjects the two former teammates discussed was Allen’s move from the Seattle SuperSonics to the Boston Celtics in the summer of 2007. Allen admitted that he was actually excited about the prospect of teaming up with then-rookie Kevin Durant and Rashard Lewis in Seattle.
Then again, that trio never had a chance to take the court as teammates, with the Sonics opting to part ways with both Allen and Lewis the same summer they drafted Durant. Allen shared his thought process throughout that memorable offseason:
“As we got the number two pick that year for Kevin Durant I knew we were going to be good because we have Durant, myself, and Rashard Lewis and I’m thinking ‘wow, we can do some great things here’,” Allen said. “But Seattle had other intentions. So when draft day came and I saw all the Celtics players that were getting traded I was thinking: ‘I’m out of here!'”
Ray Allen then went on to share the huge role he played in recruiting Kevin Garnett to Boston, who at that time, was on the brink of leaving the Minnesota Timberwolves.
“Kevin Garnett had a no-trade clause and he was planning on going to the Lakers and teaming up with Kobe,” Allen shared. “But Danny Ainge came up to me later in the summer saying we might have something brewing with KG. So I got on the phone with Kevin and I was like ‘we would love you here, this is a great situation and I’m excited’. It helped him because we knew each other growing up and he knew it was going to be a new situation for all of us.”
First off, we can’t get the image of Garnett and the late, great Kobe Bryant dominating the league as the Los Angeles Lakers’ one-two punch. However, as fate would have it, Garnett ended up with none other than LA’s most bitter rivals in the Celtics. Ironically, these two teams faced off in the Finals of that season, with Allen, Garnett, and the rest of the Celtics leading Boston to their first title in over two decades — against their arch-nemesis, no less.