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Former teammates Garnett, Allen not speaking to each other

The Sports Xchange

Former Boston Celtics teammates Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett are no longer on speaking terms, according to ESPN.com.

Garnett said he does not speak to Allen anymore since Allen left the Celtics for the Miami Heat in the offseason.

Allen responded to Garnett's comments Saturday.

"That's a shame," Allen said. "I'm a good person to talk to on the phone. ... I've been in weird trade situations the last few years. You always felt you had one foot in and one foot out so I can't worry about it."

Allen took less money from the Celtics to sign a two-year, $6 million free agent contract with the Heat. Boston reportedly offered Allen twice as much to retain him.

"I don't have Ray's number anymore," Garnett said. "I'm not trying to communicate. I'm just being honest with everybody in here. ... It's just what it is."

Garnett had lobbied hard to get Allen to stay in Boston. Allen said he still considers Garnett a friend.

"I don't know how many miles apart we are, sometimes the translation gets messed up," Allen said. "We're friends regardless of what happens. He's got to do what he's got to do up in Boston."

Miami hosts Boston to open the season Oct. 30.

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