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Allen: NBA haggling is 'almost embarrassing'

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Allen: NBA haggling is 'almost embarrassing'

Ray Allen knows where he came from. He also knows where his money came from, which means he knows that if it wasn't for the NBA greats of the past, current players wouldn't be nearly as wealthy as they are today.

That, for Allen, makes this whole NBA lockout business a bit ridiculous. The veteran Celtics guard breathed a fresh perspective into the NBA's current state at a local event to benefit his charity Ray of Hope.

"I look at Larry Bird, Michael Jordan, Dr. J, and . . . the money we make, not only us as players but as owners, the money that's in the loop is so outstanding it's almost embarrassing that we can make this type of money and we still haggle over what we haggle over.

"It's important that the game is at an all-time high, and those players in the 1970s and '80s, that generation, they built us to this point that we can afford the salaries that we all afford. We just have to always remember that we have to take the game to the next level, we gotta know that this is bigger than us, and we gotta make sure the game continues to grow."

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Report: Celtics’ pick Demetrius Jackson gets 4-year, $5.5M deal

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Report: Celtics’ pick Demetrius Jackson gets 4-year, $5.5M deal

The Celtics and second-round pick Demetrius Jackson have finalized a four-year, $5.5 millon contract, Adam Himmelsbach of The Boston Globe reported.

Jackson, a point guard out of Notre Dame, was the 45th overall pick. He was projected by some as a first-rounder before the draft and the first year of his deal is likely to be guaranteed. Last year, Celtics’ second-round pick Jordan Mickey signed a four-year, $5 million deal as the 33rd pick overall.

Jackson will face plenty of training camp competition in a crowded group of backcourt players for the C’s.