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Report: Boston’s prepared to “move on” from Big 3

Jan 21, 2012, 7:30 PM EDT

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Recently Danny Ainge out and out told reporters that he’s willing to hear offers for members of the Big 3. Now comes a report from the New York Daily News that takes it a step further.

But with Paul Pierce dealing with heel issues, Kevin Garnett fading, Ray Allen still effective shooting threes but headed for his 37th birthday and the Celtics 5-8 entering the weekend, the team’s owners gave GM Danny Ainge the official go-ahead to move any member of the troika.

“We’ve got to move on,” said one Celtics official. “Let’s face reality.”

via David Stern defends 66-game NBA season, but it’s hard to argue injuries have hurt product – NY Daily News.

Ownership giving Ainge the ability to fire when ready does change the dynamic. Instead of having to do long-term evaluation of any offer, if Ainge gets what he wants, he can pull the trigger. Furthermore, the quote from the Celts official indicates this isn’t a “trade one of the Big 3 and make one more run while looking to the future” and more of a “ABANDON SHIP, THE S.S. UBUNTU IS GOING DOWN!”

The real question is who wants the Big 3? How motivated can any of them be if they’re not competing directly for a championship? Is Paul Pierce going to be more compelled to get into gameshape for a fringe contender? Is Kevin Garnett going to be able to bring the same intensity at this age, or has he burned the fire out? Do you really want to pay Ray Allen to be a spot-up shooter on the perimeter?

So Ainge will be forced to not only break apart a team that considers itself family, but to try and upsell the players he brought together when they were three of the top fifteen players in the league. If the Celtics want to put it together and make a run, now would be the time.

  1. mojosmagic - Jan 22, 2012 at 12:53 PM

    All three are washed up, hurt and fading fast and no GM in his right mind should give the Celtics anything!!!

  2. cluelessdufus - Jan 22, 2012 at 11:39 PM

    i know im not a celtics fan but you should get the best for them im mean get a couple draft picks or some nice role players i know they wont get much but its something instead of walking out or retireing

  3. glink123 - Jan 23, 2012 at 9:08 PM

    “KG is a bogus tough guy, who would get squashed flat by the real “bigs” in the NBA, if he tried to play center on a nightly basis.” — I agree completely.

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