Celtics Acquire Seven-Time All-Star Ray Allen from Sonics
The Boston Celtics today acquired guard Ray Allen and the draft rights to Glen Davis from the Seattle SuperSonics in exchange for forward Wally Szczerbiak, guard Delonte West and the draft rights to Jeff Green.
"We are ecstatic to have acquired a perennial All-Star in Ray Allen," said Celtics Executive Director of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge. "In addition to being one of the best offensive talents in the NBA, he is a true professional with a great work ethic."
Allen, a 6'5" 205lb guard, from the University of Connecticut has made seven of the last eight All-Star games, including the last four. Allen has averaged 21.5 points per game for his career and averaged a career-high 26.4 points per game this past season. The former Husky was the 2001 Three Point Shootout winner at All-Star weekend and has appeared in the contest four times. Allen also was a member of the 2000 United States Olympic Team that won the Gold Medal. Allen scored a career-high 54 points last season against the Utah Jazz on January 12, 2007. The 12th year pro was a member of the All-NBA teams in 2004-05 (Second Team) and in 2000-1 (Third Team).
"I could not be more excited about coming to Boston to play for the Celtics." said Allen. "I am glad to be back in the New England area and cannot wait to get onto the floor with players the caliber of Paul Pierce and Al Jefferson."
Davis, a 6'9" 289lbs forward from Louisiana State University averaged 17.7 points and 10.4 rebounds in 29 games this past season for the Tigers. Davis led the SEC in rebounding this past season and ranked third in scoring. The former Tiger recorded 15 double-doubles, including 10 games in which he scored 20 or more points. Davis finished as the 10th all-time leading scorer in LSU history with 1,587 points. "Big Baby" earned Second Team All-America honors from The Sporting News and Third Team honors from the Associated Press as a sophomore.
Szczerbiak, a 6'7" 235lb forward, from Miami (Ohio) University averaged 15.5 points and 3.2 boards in 32 games last season. The former All-Star in the 2001-02 season had season-ending ankle surgery on March 8, 2007. Szczerbiak scored a season high 35 points against the Charlotte Bobcats on November 8, 2006. Szczerbiak missed a total of 50 games this past season due to various ankle injuries.
West, a 6'3" 195lb guard, from St. Joseph's University averaged 12.2 points and led the Celtics with 4.4 assists per game this past season. West scored a career-high 31 points and had 10 assists against the Minnesota Timberwolves on March 3, 2007 in a double-overtime win. West also hit the game winning shot against the Charlotte Bobcats on November 8, 2006. West led the Celtics in assists 20 times this past season and had four games in which he had 10 or more assists.
Green, a 6'9" 235lbs forward, from Georgetown University was named to The Associated Press All-America Third Team in 206-07 and helped lead Georgetown to its first Final Four appearance since 1985 last season. Green averaged 14.3 points and 6.4 rebounds per game for the Hoyas this past season. Green was named the Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA East Regional to top off Big East Player of the Year and Big East Tournament Most Outstanding Player honors.