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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. dannomac21 - Jan 21, 2012 at 7:34 PM


  2. bossmangunny - Jan 21, 2012 at 7:43 PM

    As a Knick fan,i would gladly take Ray Allen.I think he would work well in Dantoni’s system.I cant stand Garnett,but i would take him too,at least he plays defense..more than any other knick not named Shumpert or Chandler.Who would i give up?Not Chandler,Shumpert,Amare or Melo,so Garnett or Allen will not be Knicks.So maybe i should just shut up.

    • mojosmagic - Jan 22, 2012 at 12:57 PM

      Don’t be stupid. The Knicks aren’t going anywhere with or without Ray Allen.

      • bossmangunny - Jan 22, 2012 at 1:33 PM

        you are so right,i gave you a thumbs up.You hurt my feelings though

  3. nflinla - Jan 21, 2012 at 7:45 PM

    Lakers should trade for Allen if the Celtics want help the Lakers out that is…

  4. bozosforall - Jan 21, 2012 at 7:58 PM

    One and done. The end.

  5. shelbymine - Jan 21, 2012 at 8:07 PM

    Hate to see them go ! But it’s time good luck guys

  6. shelbymine - Jan 21, 2012 at 8:13 PM

    They should trad Danny ain’t

  7. goforthanddie - Jan 21, 2012 at 8:22 PM

    How motivated can any of them be if they’re not competing directly for a championship?

    You mean they’re only expected to be professional, to earn those fat checks, if they’re not in a playoff race?

    • goforthanddie - Jan 21, 2012 at 8:23 PM

      if they’re in a ^

  8. mrlitl - Jan 21, 2012 at 8:59 PM

    Exactly goforth. Poor millionaires. Getting paid millions to play a game but may not go to a contender. Meanwhile us teachers should suck it up though we work in crappy conditions for pennies.

    • gintox - Jan 22, 2012 at 1:02 AM

      yes, because they only play for money, you simplton.

    • stayhigh_247 - Jan 22, 2012 at 5:44 AM

      hey, nobody forced you to be a teacher dude. you should have worked on that jumper a little more in the driveway. what you do is honorable but get off the soapbox. Why bash these guys for their salary? Besides there are some school districts that pay teachers 150-200k a year, maybe you need to look into improving your situation instead of hating. just sayin….

      • nullstadt - Jan 22, 2012 at 2:23 PM

        There is not a single school district that pays teachers 150-200k a year. Nice try.

  9. t16rich - Jan 21, 2012 at 9:30 PM

    Kiss the ring and move on.

  10. twitterhappier - Jan 21, 2012 at 9:51 PM

    Garnett + Allen + Rivers for Stoudamire + D’Antoni

  11. crohrbaugh - Jan 21, 2012 at 9:53 PM

    Keep calling them “big three”if you want, I wouldn’t want any of them on my team.

  12. pxeeks - Jan 21, 2012 at 10:10 PM

    Garnett to the 76’ers would work!

    • mojosmagic - Jan 23, 2012 at 12:41 PM

      Why? Garnett is on his last leg and makes a ton of money. The Celtics are trying to sucker a team into taking on bad contacts from old broken down players so they can rebuild. Don’t help them!

  13. dgrindsports - Jan 21, 2012 at 10:37 PM

    Too bad for the Celtics. The run is over. One does have to ask though what the hell has Boston been doing with their drafts/free agency.
    Players are only held accountable for so much, Ainge has done jack**** improving the overall roster. Complacency.

    For more Nothin’ But Net!, google Daily Grind Sports

  14. glink123 - Jan 21, 2012 at 11:03 PM

    by “Big Three”, he’s referring to the size of their paychecks.

  15. zaktmt - Jan 22, 2012 at 12:40 AM

    I would trade Beasley for Ray Allen in a heartbeat. Bring Ray back to the team that drafted him!

  16. ss3walkman - Jan 22, 2012 at 1:06 AM

    I think Ray has the most value of the big 3. Every contender would love to have the deadliest shooter in the game?

    Ray to Chicago, Miami or Dallas.

    Would love to see him retire in a Bulls jersey since he is part of Team Jordan.

    In Miami he’d be a great back up to Wade.

    Dallas cause I have a feeling they’ll get D.Will AND Howard.

    BUT.. In the case Dallas doesn’t get them and Howard goes to Nets I’d like to see him there. Boston could get Brooks who’s a good you talent in return. Asik from Bulls or Gibson would work. They’re both due new contracts and after signing rose they’ll end up losing one of them anyway so why not trade one? Allen is an upgrade over Hamilton.

    Just thinkin out loud

    • stayhigh_247 - Jan 22, 2012 at 5:37 AM

      I dont think Allen is an upgrade over RIP. Ray is almost 37 and Rip is 33, they bring different things to the table so it’s sorta what & what. You dont give up Taj at any point, Asik is expendable because of the other big they have coming from Europe in 2013. But I wouldn’t give up Taj this early, when Boozer doesn’t get the job done Taj comes in and balls hard. D Rose needs youth not an unbalanced team with too many veterans on their last leg / contracts. If you could add Ray, Corver is the obvious choice for a trade. Realistically I would expect teams like Houston and San Antonio to be talking to Boston about the big 3. Which would also free Doc to take over for Damphony in Nu Yawk. I blame Ainge for the whole debacle anyway. Instead of adding to his team he killed it by trading Perk. Perk and Rondo are 2 building blocks which would have made Boston enticing to some free agents, but if they blow the team up, nobody is going to go there voluntarily.

  17. ranoversquarells - Jan 22, 2012 at 1:12 AM

    As much as it pains me id say goodbye to Garnett. Useless for the salary he commands and numbers he puts forth. If we can get a gibson from chicago id be really really happy …

  18. mikefrommars - Jan 22, 2012 at 2:59 AM

    Garnett to the Spurs makes sense

  19. frakfrakfrak - Jan 22, 2012 at 3:47 AM

    The Old Three

  20. 00maltliquor - Jan 22, 2012 at 4:18 AM

    Trade Garnett back to the T-Wolves for one of their half dozen or so good, young assets! That would be toooo hilarious! Wesley Johnson, Darko Milicic, and whoever else to make the trade work out!

  21. glink123 - Jan 22, 2012 at 5:36 AM

    Allen makes $10 mil. Asik only makes $1.8 mil, and Gibson $1.2. So that trade doesn’t work. Gotta give up equal dollars.

  22. glink123 - Jan 22, 2012 at 5:42 AM

    Asik and Gibson are both Restricted free agents. Bulls can (and will) match any offers for both. GarPax has built a dynasty. The Bulls might consider letting Korver walk after this season and use his $5 mil to sign Allen, then trading Noah for draft picks, and using his $10 mil to sign both Garnett and Pierce for $5 mil each. :)

  23. glink123 - Jan 22, 2012 at 5:50 AM

    Also, Gibson is signed through 2013-2014, and Asik through 2012-2013. The Bulls will be keeping both for the long haul. Zero chance they mess with this team’s chemistry.

  24. ss3walkman - Jan 22, 2012 at 7:50 AM

    “The concern in Rose’s max contract is the luxury taxes. Rose was set to be a free agent next season but he’s not the only key piece of this Bulls team with an expiring contract after this season. Although Rose is now locked up, money will be tight next season for the Bulls to give contract renewals to Taj Gibson and Omer Asik, two big men the Bulls highly value.”

    That’s from ESPN. So like I said they’re strapped for cash after the Rose deal and more than likely have to let Asik or Gibson go.

    And Allen is an upgrade over Rip Hamilton! Imagine the damage that can be done with Rose’s penetration and then dish to Ray for the shot. He’s way more clutch than Rip. Ok Ray is 37 ok. We know that. Rip is 33.. ok. Nash is 37 too so what? He’s still a play maker and Allen is still the purest shooter in the game.

  25. durno99 - Jan 22, 2012 at 9:50 AM

    Time to get the Timberwolves in the discussion. Why not let KG finish where he started? A young team that could use a veteran and a center. Makes sense.

    • Kurt Helin - Jan 22, 2012 at 12:33 PM

      KG is really more of a power forward.

      • 00maltliquor - Jan 22, 2012 at 5:15 PM

        @ Kurt Helin

        Yeah, and so are most of the other “centers” in the NBA. What’s your point?

      • bozosforall - Jan 23, 2012 at 4:55 PM

        His “point” is that, regardless of who else is playing center in the NBA, KG is NOT a center. Neither is Pau Gasol, which is why he plays PF at 7 feet tall, instead of getting overwhelmed physically at the 5 spot (which is what KG would get…overwhelmed). 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.

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