How badly does Ray want to play?


How badly does Ray want to play?

Until the dust settles on this NBA off-season, we'll continue to wonder about the immediate future of two-thirds of Boston's Hall of Fame Big Three.

In the case of Kevin Garnett, it's seemingly a matter of whether he wants to play at all. Of course, nothing's set in stone and KG's not returning my calls but we're all pretty comfortable in assuming that it will be Boston or bust. Then again, who knows? He's the one who taught us that anything's possible.

But for the other third of the Big Three, the desire to play is not an issue. With Ray Allen it's just about where he wants to play, how much he wants to play, whether's he ready to rough out the rest of his career coming off the bench in Boston (OK, it's not happening) or seek grner pastures andor more minutes elsewhere. But just in case you were unsure of how badly Allen wants to return for a 17th NBA season, here's some news to help the hammer home the point.

According to the Boston Herald, Allen is wasting no time in having surgery on his gimpy right ankle. He'll have his bone spurs removed first thing Wednesday morning.

No word yet on the recovery time, but the early surgery should leave Allen with plenty of time to get a jump on the Miami real estate market ensure he's in prime shape for the start of next season, regardless of which uniform he's wearing.

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Celtics sign former Laker second-rounder Ryan Kelly

Celtics sign former Laker second-rounder Ryan Kelly

BOSTON – The Boston Celtics made one more roster move on Friday, but not the one many were anticipating.

Instead of trimming the training camp roster down to 15 players, the Celtics expanded it by signing Ryan Kelly.

The 6-foot-11 forward appeared in six games for the Atlanta Hawks during the preseason, averaging 4.8 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game.

A former second round pick of the Los Angeles Lakers in 2013, Kelly has appeared in 147 games with career averages of 6.5 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game.

Boston already has a stacked roster at the power forward/center position, which is why they decided to waive second round pick and former Providence College star Ben Bentil earlier on Friday.

The addition of Kelly, on the surface at least, doesn't make a lot of sense.

But the Celtics are trying to build a team for the present while keeping an eye on the future.

When the Celtics waived Bentil, they did so with the knowledge that he was unlikely to sign with their Development League affiliate, the Maine Red Claws.

But with Kelly, the veteran big man will likely wind up with the Red Claws which will allow the Celtics to get a closer look at him without impacting their roster status which is currently at 16, one above the league-maximum.

The final roster spot will come down to James Young and R.J. Hunter. The Celtics have until 5 p.m. Monday to make a decision, a decision that team officials have repeatedly said in recent days will come down to the wire.