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Report: Ray Allen Nearly Traded To Clippers Before Deadline

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Ray Allen (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

Ray Allen (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

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BOSTON (CBS) — Danny Ainge and the Celtics made no moves before Thursday afternoon’s deadline, but it wasn’t for lack of trying.

According to FOX Sports’ Sam Amico, “Clippers were THIS close to obtaining Celtics G Ray Allen, says source close to team.”

It’s no surprise that Allen’s name came up in talks, as he’d help just about any contender looking to bolster its 3-point shooting for the stretch run. The 36-year-old is in the final year of his contract, and he’s shooting 47.2 percent from beyond the arc, the best such mark of his 16-year career.

Overall, he’s averaging 14.6 points per game this year.

Earlier Thursday, Amico tweeted that one rival GM was fed up with dealing with Danny Ainge, going so far as to say, “Bleep him.”

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