Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

Could the Celtics blow up the Big Three ?

Published on January 19, 2012 by Scott Shirley   ·   No Comments

Right now the Boston Celtics are 5-8 and are not looking like a playoff team. They are looking like an aging team. So with the Celtics having no chance to win a NBA title this season is it time to blow up Boston’s big three.

The Big three consist of Ray Allen , Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett. Point guard Rajon Rondo is the only young star on the Celtics. These three won the Celtics a championship a couple of years ago but now they are getting old.

Boston General Manger Danny Ainge talked to the Boston Globe about possibility trading Boston’s big three. He said he would trade any of the three players if it would bring young talent back to Boston. This is what Ainge told the Globe below.

Ainge said he would consider trades if they would net younger talent. He has maintained he does not want the franchise to go through a 10-year span of insignificance as it did following the departures of the previous Big Three of Larry Bird, Kevin McHale, and Robert Parish, who remained with the team past their primes.

“First of all it’s a different era,” Ainge told the Globe. “I sat with Red (Auerbach) during a Christmas party (in the 1990s). Red was talking to Larry, Kevin, and myself and there was a lot of trade discussion at the time and Red actually shared some of the trade discussions. And I told Red what are you doing? Why are you waiting?

“He had a chance to trade Larry (to Indiana) for Chuck Person and Herb Williams and (Steve) Stipanovich and he had a chance to trade Kevin (to Dallas) for Detlef Schrempf and Sam Perkins. I was like are you kidding? I mean I feel that way now. If I were presented with those kind of deals for our aging veterans, it’s a done deal to continue the success.”

Ainge said he does not want a repeat of the 1990s in Boston.

“After those guys retired, the Celtics had a long drought,” he said. “But those (types of fruitful trades) aren’t presenting themselves. In today’s day and age with 30 teams in the NBA, 15 teams know they have no chance of winning a championship. They are building with young players. It’s a different era that we live in. It’s easy to say conceptually but you have to always weigh what are real opportunities.”

If the Celtics rebound somehow quickly I think Ainge will keep the team as is, but if they struggle I could see Ainge blowing things up. It’s all about the future and the Celtics need to get younger. Problem is I don’t know how much young talent the Celtics could get back because many teams probably don’t want the aging Celtics stars.

In the following weeks and months it will be interesting to see what happens.

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