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Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett still incommunicado

Mike Ehrmann

Ray Allen still fails to see the distinction between him departing for Miami as a free agent and Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett agreeing to a trade

In an interview before the Heat loss to the Celtics, Allen lamented that he and his former teammates, now with the Nets, haven't spoken since he signed with the Heat last season ... and won his second ring.

"Look, I have a feeling they were in the same predicament I was in this summer," Allen told the Boston media."Even with Doc (Rivers), he had to make a decision that was best for himself. I was in the same situation. I’m happy they were put into the same situation as I was. Anytime you get traded there’s no telling where you could end up. They’re in a situation now where they can contend. Kevin had to make that decision, and that was the predicament I was in."

As anyone who watched the Nets press conference introducing Pierce and Garnett back in July, their "predicament" was different. Pierce wanted to retire in Boston.  He was days away from being being waived --and losing $10 million-- when the Nets and Celtics agreed to a deal. Only a lot of text messaging --and an agreement to pick up all of his contract in 2014-15-- got KG from Boston to Brooklyn. Allen was an unrestricted free agent who took less money to join the Heat.

When it was suggested to Allen the public perception of his decision to leave was different — Pierce and Garnett were traded and he turned down a higher contract offer ($6 million per year) to join Miami's Big Three for half the money — he disagreed, saying "none of us (including Rivers) wanted to go.