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Boston might trade one of “Big Three” but price is steep

Mar 9, 2012, 5:41 PM EDT

Ray Allen, Nick Young AP

Danny Ainge likes to tell the story about how when he was a Celtic Red Auerbach said he could have traded Boston’s legendary “big three” of Larry Bird, Kevin McHale and Robert Parish at the end of their careers but didn’t — and that Ainge wouldn’t make the mistake. Ainge felt holding on to them too long hurt the Celtics in rebuliding

Doesn’t feel like he is trying to move them too fast now, does it?

In fact, Larry Bird himself — still the power broker with the Indiana Pacers — says Ainge is finding living up to those words is not so easy. And he told ESPNBoston.com specifically of the time he and Ainge talked trade for Allen.

“When Danny and I talked about trading for Ray, he wanted Tyler Hansbrough and a first-round pick. If that’s the value he’s putting on Ray Allen, he ain’t getting it. That tells me he’s in no hurry to trade him.

“All that talk about Danny blowing it up, about not making the same mistakes as Red, is fine. But now that it’s his turn to pull the trigger, it’s a helluva lot harder than it looks.”

It’s the bind the Celtics find themselves in — there is interest in their players but the return on them is not going to be near equal value. Which makes breaking the group up all the harder. Keep asking a steep price and you will go home empty handed.

Go read the whole story — McHale, Bird and Parish tell great stories about the old days.

  1. jjordannba - Mar 9, 2012 at 5:59 PM

    Because he realized that he can still make major moves this summer without trading anybody right now.

  2. getadealdonealready - Mar 9, 2012 at 6:21 PM

    Not sure who is going to give you what you want for these aging stars. If the price is steep, my bet is you will be keeping the big three together.

  3. Justin - Mar 9, 2012 at 6:24 PM

    Wow, did Bird really just call out Ainge like that? I haven’t seen a call out like that since Luke Skywalker told his buddies shooting down the Death Star was nothing more than bullseyeing womp rats with his T-16 back home.

    • Kansachusetts - Mar 9, 2012 at 11:06 PM

      Bird was critical of Ainge in a recent interview with Bill Simmons too. Not sure Larry has the highest opinion of Danny.

  4. losangelasbasketball - Mar 9, 2012 at 6:37 PM

    Ainge blew it when he let scalabrini go…celtics may not recover…

  5. sportsinhd - Mar 9, 2012 at 7:10 PM

    It’s not like the contracts of Garnett and Allen have doomed the Celtics to some horrible salary cap hell for the next five years. The Celtics will have lots of cap-room money and Rondo (possibly Green) to build around in the next three or four years. There’s no real urgency here. Letting their contracts expire is a nice way to thank them for the one championship and the small window of hope they gave Celtics fans.

  6. bozosforall - Mar 9, 2012 at 8:13 PM

    The Celtics will SUCK no matter what they do. The Curse of “Soldout the TWolves” McHale is upon them!

    • drewzducks - Mar 9, 2012 at 10:36 PM

      Much like the Curse of Sold Out the Grizz West is upon the Minneapolis Fakers.

      • adamthompson24 - Mar 10, 2012 at 10:53 AM

        Yes, because winning two championships is a curse…

      • drewzducks - Mar 10, 2012 at 1:12 PM

        must be cuz apparently winning one is

      • hoopsmccann - Mar 10, 2012 at 7:51 PM

        Right Drewzducks – that’s why Marc Gasol is an All Star and his brother Pau who was traded to the Lakers for Marc is not. Perspective is important when you look at the long term effects of trades. It was good for both teams. In your name drop the zd and relace with an s.

      • drewzducks - Mar 10, 2012 at 10:37 PM

        Congrats you’re the only Moron on this site who would rather have had Marc than Pau For the last 4 years. Al Jefferson statistically is similar to Marc. And you can drop the second n in your name and replace it with a t.

      • bozosforall - Mar 12, 2012 at 2:04 PM

        Curse? 11 titles (10 of them in the modern era, which began when Magic and Bird came into the league) since moving to LA. The Celtics only have 4 in that same time span. So if anything, the Celtics are the cursed ones in modern times.

      • drewzducks - Mar 12, 2012 at 4:31 PM

        Nor would I call 4 titles. The point being is that there were great similarities between the 2 (KG/Pau) deals. Including the relationships between the decision makers ( The Logo with LA and The Lurch with Boston). Not Ainges fault that Minny traded away a very good 26 year old PF at the time for a bunch of garbage.

      • bozosforall - Mar 12, 2012 at 5:28 PM

        Except you got one huge fact wrong (typical of idiot Boston fans)…Jerry West wasn’t the GM when the Gasol trade went down. Former Celtics GM (and curren Grizzlies GM) Chris Wallace was the one who pulled the trigger on that trade. Add to that the fact that the Grizzlies arguably now have the better Gasol on their roster (unlike the fact that none of the player that the TWolves got for KG amounted to anything special). And I’ve never blamed Ainge for the KG trade…that was all McHale bending over and letting Danny Boy have something for nothing.

        Hilarious when a Celtics idiot fan makes an utter fool of himself by not knowing the facts here.

      • bozosforall - Mar 12, 2012 at 5:31 PM

        BTW, drewsucks (nice one, hoopsmccann), the Celtics only won one title since McHale sold out the TWolves (the other three titles were way back in the 80s, a quarter-century ago). Face it, your team can’t compare to the Lakers in modern times.

      • drewzducks - Mar 12, 2012 at 7:06 PM

        Imbecile. You cited the Lakers titles from the 80’s in your argument “10 in the modern era” but now you’re diminishing the Celtics by saying 3 of the Celtics 4 titles were a quarter century ago? As usual you’re talking out of both sides of your mouth or more likely your mouth and your ass. Was never saying that the accomplishments of the Celts of late compare to LA.

      • drewzducks - Mar 12, 2012 at 7:25 PM

        And I f’d up on Wallace. Tried to erase him from memory since he saddled us with Baker.

      • bozosforall - Mar 12, 2012 at 7:44 PM

        He also gave you guys Paul Pierce, so he should get a pass on Baker. Then again, you Boston fans only focus on the negative before you run someone out of town. Dan Duquette could attest to that.

      • drewzducks - Mar 12, 2012 at 7:16 PM

        And as far as Marc vs. Pau, do you think LA wins those titles with Marc? And Celts fans wouldn’t rather have Jefferson over KG going forward?

      • bozosforall - Mar 14, 2012 at 7:17 PM

        The only imbecile that I see here is you, drewsucks. My comparison of the Celtics one title was in direct reference to “The Curse of ‘Soldout the TWolves’ McHale time frame…which is entirely different from the 11 titles time frame. But if you want to frame it within the current century, the Lakers end up with a 5-1 edge.

      • drewzducks - Mar 14, 2012 at 9:50 PM

        No, an accurate time frame given the genesis of this topic is 2-1 Lakers…since the trade. But whatever suits your argument.

  7. jimeejohnson - Mar 9, 2012 at 8:57 PM

    Does that mean the Knicks SUCK worse, since the Celtics beat them recently? The curse of John Starks is upon them!

    • bozosforall - Mar 9, 2012 at 9:23 PM

      Could not care less about the Knicks. The curse of ugly that your parents inflicted is upon you!

  8. asublimeday - Mar 10, 2012 at 2:24 AM

    The three of them rambling about the “good old days” for an hour are a fart next to a 3-minute Jordan highlight reel.

  9. cantonbound13 - Mar 10, 2012 at 6:14 AM

    Trade Alen to the Clippers for their first round pick.

  10. mqcarpenter - Mar 10, 2012 at 8:36 PM

    Justin that was awesome. This thing should have a like button on here.

    • bozosforall - Mar 12, 2012 at 5:33 PM

      “Like” buttons (and the thumbs up/down ones as well) are for losers who only won participation ribbons when they were kids (and nothing at all once they grew up).

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