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Boston Celtics Nearly Traded Ray Allen, Paul Pierce At Trade Deadline

Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and the Boston Celtics have been one of the hottest teams in the league since the All-Star break. However, as Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports wrote in his Wednesday column, it almost never happened.

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Ray Allen Trade Rumors: Danny Ainge Says Allen Never Told Of Trade To Memphis

Boston Celtics president Danny Ainge sought to correct what he characterized as misinformation contained in a Yahoo! Sports report. The article said guard Ray Allen was informed by head coach Doc Rivers that Allen had been traded to the Memphis Grizzlies (for O.J. Mayo and a draft pick) before the deal came undone just 20 minutes later (via WEEI).

Ainge said on The Big Show on Thursday

"Lets put it this way," Ainge said, "the one thing I will say is Ray knew he might be traded, but never did I confirm that he had been traded."

"I don't think it ever got to a point where Doc was going to talk to him," Ainge said. "Doc did not talk to him. That's what he told us all today."

Ainge also said that Allen had been treated "with amazing respect" during the process. He also said that the perception that Allen is being treated differently since Avery Bradley has been promoted to the starting lineup is false.

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Ray Allen's Near-Trade To Memphis Grizzlies 'Didn't Have Much Shelf Life,' According To Report

The Boston Celtics might not have been as close to trading Ray Allen as Yahoo! Sports reported on Friday.

The Memphis Commercial Appeal's Ronald Tillery reports that trade talks between the Celtics and Memphis Grizzlies which would have sent Ray Allen away from Boston "didn't have much shelf life" because the Celtics' asking price was too high.

Adrian Wojnarowski reported earlier that the Celtics told Allen he was traded to the Memphis Grizzlies in the moments before this season's trade deadline but the deal ultimately fell through. Yet Tillery seems to believe the talks never reached such an advanced stage.

According to Tillery, Boston wanted O.J. Mayo, Mike Conley, Dante Cunningham and rookie Josh Selby in "a large transaction that included draft picks."

It's likely that Danny Ainge was asking for the moon, Ainge planned to include other Celtics in the deal or Tillery's sources fed him some inaccurate information. Conley has had a very solid season, averaging 12.8 points and 6.7 assists while providing plus defense in the Memphis backcourt, and Mayo is well-regarded as a young bench scorer. The package would have been a lot to ask in return for a 36-year old shooting guard in the final few months of his contract.

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Boston Celtics Nearly Traded Ray Allen, Paul Pierce At Trade Deadline

Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and the Boston Celtics have been one of the hottest teams in the league since the All-Star break. However, as Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports wrote in his Wednesday column, it almost never happened.

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