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"Seattle had other intentions" - Ray Allen thought he, Kevin Durant, and Rashard Lewis would do great things with the Sonics

Ray Allen said he thought he, Kevin Durant and Rashard Lewis could work out in Seattle but the team's plans prompted him to leave for the Boston Celtics.
Kevin Durant in a Seattle SuperSonics jersey

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When Ray Allen left the Seattle Supersonics for the Boston Celtics to form the Big 3 with Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce in 2007, history was made as the C’s successfully brought the championship back to Boston. However, Ray-Ray suggests that another history would’ve been made had the Sonics opted to stick with him, Kevin Durant, and Rashard Lewis.

It would’ve been a lethal trio

According to Allen, he was confident about achieving “great things” in Seattle when the team drafted Durant, with Lewis still in his peak form. However, he realized that the trajectory of the Sonics’ plans wasn’t in line with his. So when he saw the Celtics rebuilding and pulling off trades that year, Ray figured he’d rather take his talents to Boston.

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As we got the number two pick that year for Kevin Durant, I knew we were going to be good because we have Durant, myself, and Rashard Lewis and I’m thinking ‘Wow, we can do some great things here’,” Allen said on James Posey’s “The Posecast.”… “But Seattle had other intentions. So when draft day came and I saw all the Celtics players that were getting traded I was thinking: ‘I’m out of here!

Allen helped another team accomplish something

It didn’t take long for the Celtics to swoop for Allen, who was coming off his career-high season average of 26.4 points per game that summer. Once Ray was signed, then-Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge set his sights on Garnett, who was contemplating joining the Los Angeles Lakers at the time.

Ainge knew better, so he decided to tap Allen in luring KG to join the C’s. It played out well, and the rest is history.

Kevin Garnett had a no-trade clause and he was planning on going to the Lakers and teaming up with Kobe,” Allen revealed. “But Danny Ainge came up to me later in the summer saying we might have something brewing with KG. So I got on the phone with Kevin and I was like ‘We would love you here, this is a great situation and I’m excited’. It helped him because we knew each other growing up and he knew it was going to be a new situation for all of us.

Looking back, Allen was right as between the Celtics and the Sonics, which eventually became the Oklahoma City Thunder, it was the C’s that made the most out of their signings. OKC managed to reach the NBA Finals after a couple of years under the leadership of Durant, but it wasn’t as historic as the one Allen and Boston pulled off.

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