Getting to know the Brooklyn Nets; Ray Allen buries a hatchet

By: 09.23.12
Ray Allen

Ray Allen

Speaking of guys who may never play in the NBA again, why is this Raja Bell situation taking so long to resolve in Utah? Short recap: Bell hates the Jazz, they kinda hate him, but he won’t let them buy him out for whatever they’re offering, they won’t cut him, and apparently no team wants to trade for him. So this could end with Bell getting a season-long paid vacation, but what’s more likely to happen is that some contending team will have an early-season injury in the backcourt and decide they need a veteran defensive stopper who can knock down a three … The Bulls are reportedly close to signing Taj Gibson to an extension. We hear both sides really want to make it happen, but then again, we’ve heard that same thing about Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao for like nine years, so … Ray Allen and Udonis Haslem are inevitably going to become real cool with each other in Miami — Ray needs screen-setters to get open and Udonis sets solid screens — but Udonis has made sure there is no lingering bitterness from the Heat/Celtics wars of playoffs past. In an interview with the Sun Sentinel, Haslem said, “I’ve had a chance to talk to Ray and kind of explain to him my situation. I told him, ‘I’m not the guy that you see when we play the Celtics. That’s just how the games end up turning out.’ So we’ve talked and we’re all ready to go.” These are two vets that always handle their business and want to add another ring to their respective collections. They’ll be fine … Having recently received the news that he won’t be playing this season due to a heart condition, Channing Frye seems to be in good spirits. “I look at it as a rare opportunity to spend time with my family that I may not get again, especially with my kids so young, and see how everything goes behind the scenes especially during the season,” Frye told an Arizona TV station. He didn’t close the door to playing after this season, so this could hopefully be like a Jeff Green situation and he’ll be back next year … We’re out like Denard Robinson‘s Heisman hopes …

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