Rivers told CSNNE.com that he and Allen talk frequently.
Because of those conversations, Rivers anticipates the process of
bringing Allen back will take some time.
"He's going to wait.
He's doing his business, and I'm fine with that," Rivers said. "I just
hope we get him back."
Rivers acknowledged it has been difficult
at times knowing that both the Celtics and Allen want to reunite, but
well aware that Allen has to do what is best for him and his family
which is to explore all the options at his disposal.
nerve-wracking, because some one can come along and pay him more than we
can pay him," Rivers said. "That can happen. We have to be prepared for
that as well."
Now with some pieces falling into place, we'll get a much better idea of what Ray will be looking at as far as a contract offer.
Miami will need a shooter, and if they do a sign-and-trade for Bosh rather than signing him outright… then they'll have the space to do it. And no, I'm not putting much stock in the LeBron to Miami possibility. Sure its possible.. but they might do better spending that money on better role players in Miami.
If LeBron stays in Cleveland, then they could try to pull a sign-and-trade… though I feel like that would have to include Mo Williams and he neither fits in here nor do I want him.
Chicago could use a reliable shooter to help Derrick Rose out. And if they add Carlos Boozer, then you've got a pretty nice little squad there.
In the end, I feel like Ray will come back. That makes the most sense for everyone. We've just got to hope that a team like the Bulls don't overpay for a couple of years as they try to seize the moment.