I think things happen for a reason. Ray Allen simply did not feel comfortable playing with the Celtics anymore. He had to deal with all the trade deadline distractions the past three seasons. In fact he was to be traded for OJ Mayo of Memphis this year and the deal fell through. Ray Allen wanted a career chainge (yes I meant to spell it like that). He obviously did not like some key member(s) of the Celtics but I won't mention names. He was losing his effectiveness because defenses were guarding him at the three point line and that for whatever reason stagnated the offense. Avery Bradley got his chance and beat out Ray Allen for the starting job. So his suddenly fragile ego got hurt and then he missed some key shots against My Hammy. Why? The defense of Mario Chalmers, Dwayne Wade, Shane Battier and even Mike Miller had something to with it. After the season Ainge and Doc went public in saying that It was a "top priority" to resign Ray Allen even after landing Jason Terry, the former Hawk and Maverick. This was nothing more than a political ruse to appease the Celtic fans and possibly engineer a sign and trade deal for a rebounding commodity like Reggie Evans. But Ray Allen apparently had enough of the Celtics and decided to do an exit stage left to the arch rivals thinking he will get lots of uncontested three point FGA and if he misses,then the My Hammy Cheat will have an excellent chance to offensive rebound and generate more scoring chances. Ray Allen did stiff the Celtics and the fans but really I think he might have done them a real favor long term. We have Jeff Green and Jason Terry to add to the mix and together they can do lot more damage than Ray Allen ever can. Plus there can be minutes for Pietrus, Bradley, Maquis Daniels, Jason Terry and even Keyon Dooling should he come back. And there is an excellent chance that all of them will. So we could sport a lineup of: Rondo, Terry, Pierce, Green, and Garnett which gives us a tough small lineup that adds defensive capability. Plus I think Danny could sign a player like Delonte West for the biannual exception (LLE). And financially the Celtics will do well be staying just under the luxury tax threshold which has financial benefits to the owners. We also have a good young crop of kids that could mature or become valuable trade chips in 2014 sometime. What would our future world of Rondo, Avery Bradley, Jeff Green, Sullenger, and Fab Melo look like in 2015? What if these were traded in for Perkins, Al Jefferson, Delonte West and Tony Allen? Or what if Kevin Durant some how wanted a chainge of scenery and wanted to play with Rondo? Or what if Oden had bionic legs and Ainge took a chance on him and he becam ethe second coming of Robert Parish. My point is that while losing Ray Allen hurts emotionally, the situational basketball the Celtics depend upon for success changes and necessarily will require personnel adjustments! So our estimated payroll is (off the top of my head): Pierce 16 million, Rondo 12, KG 10, Jeff Green 10, Bass 7, Terry 5, Rookies and Sophomores about 8 so we are at 68 million dollars with Bird rights for Wilcox, Steisma, Hollins, Pietrus, Dooling, Marquis Daniels, and Nenad Krstic. So we still have the opportunity to improve our basketball team going forth. Losing Ray Allen is not the end of Celtics World.