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Rajon Rondo mends fences, invites Ray Allen to 2008 title celebration

2012 file/Barry Chin/Globe staff

Rajon Rondo (left) and Ray Allen will have plenty of time to chat at Celtics functions celebrating the 2008 NBA title they won together.

By Globe Staff 

The Celtics have plans of celebrating the 10-year anniversary of their 2008 title team with a players’ vacation organized by Rajon Rondo.

Rondo made headlines last February when he told the Globe that teammates Ray Allen, one of the main contributors on that team who eventually signed with the rival Heat, would not be invited to the function.

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Rondo has since changed his mind, telling the Globe after Tuesday’s 116-113 Pelicans’ overtime win that “everybody is invited” to the ’08 function — and that includes Allen.

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After Rondo’s previous comments about Allen, it was revealed that the two other members of the Big Three — Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett — had fractured relationships with Allen. Rondo has long been at odds with the 3-point specialist.

Allen, however, made amends with Pierce during a promotional trip to China and Pierce posted a photo of the two on his Instagram account. Pierce said that he talked with Allen about what prompted him to turn down a contract offer from the Celtics and sign with the Heat after the 2011-12 season, a point of contention with his former teammates.

Rondo, one of two active players from that ’08 team along with New Orleans teammate Tony Allen, had been assigned to organize a vacation with all of the players from that title team. Rondo saying Ray Allen would not be invited sparked a controversy while Garnett discussed the issue with Rondo, Glen Davis, Kendrick Perkins, and Doc Rivers on his “Area 21” segment on TNT.

All of the players pointed to Allen’s defection to Miami as the reason for their issues. Allen last played in the NBA in the 2014 NBA Finals. He is expected to be enshrined into the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame the same year as Garnett.

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But Rondo said Allen has an open invitation to join his former teammates this summer.

“Everybody [on the team] is invited,” he said.


Gary Washburn can be reached at gwashburn@globe.com
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