Steve Nash goes to the Los Angeles Lakers, the veteran guard is praised for making winning his career-ending priority. Ray Allen join the Miami Heat, he is cast as Judas Shuttlesworth, for turning his back on the Boston Celtics. The Lakers find a way to land Nash from the Phoenix Suns with minimal available trade assets and Mitch Kupchak is praised for his creativity. The Heat get Allen to come aboard at less than market value, and Pat Riley is viewed as piling on. Perhaps, with apologies to Aaron Rodgers and Steve Novak, it is time for a bit of a discount double check. Or at least a second look at how the Nash addition in Los Angeles somehow can be cast as a step forward for all parties involved, while Allen's move south has come to be viewed as turning his back on Boston. Foremost, Nash never was threatened with banishment by the Suns, even when it became clear a new direction was needed. By contrast, Allen had become the focus of continued trade talk in Boston. Had Nash remained in Phoenix, the Suns would have remained his team. Had Allen remained in Boston, it had become clear that the Celtics not only have become Rajon Rondo's team, but that Allen would have been cast as no better than second or third string at shooting guard, behind Avery Bradley and, quite possibly, Jason Terry. To a degree, Allen had to leave, essentially had been pushed out the door by Danny Ainge's previous trade bids, Doc Rivers' evolving rotation. And that's fine, too. The Celtics clearly need to evolve.
Double-standard with Nash, Allen?
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel | Jul 15