(MIAMI) — Ray Allen will be entering his first season with the defending NBA Champion Miami Heat in 2012 and already has to deal with the repercussions of signing with the team in the summer.
His former Celtics teammate, Kevin Garnett, said on Friday that he would no longer be speaking with Allen due to his signing with Miami. Allen addressed the situation at the team’s practice on Saturday.
“That’s a shame,” Allen said. “I’m a good person to talk to on the phone. … I’ve been in weird trade situations the last few years. You always felt you had one foot in and one foot out, so I can’t worry about it.”
Allen signed a two-year contract for a little more than $6 million; Boston’s deal was believed to be twice as much.
“I don’t have Ray’s number anymore,” Garnett said Friday. “I’m not trying to communicate. I’m just being honest with everybody in here. … It’s just what it is.”
Regardless of what was said by Garnett, Allen is worried about bringing home back-to-back championships in Miami but still says he’ll forgive Garnett.
“I don’t know how many miles apart we are, sometimes the translation gets messed up,” Allen said. “We’re friends regardless of what happens. He’s got to do what he’s got to do up in Boston.”
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