Boston Celtics: It's Time to Trade the Big 3

Michael RooneyContributor IJanuary 23, 2012

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 15:  (L-R) Paul Pierce #34, Ray Allen #20 and Kevin Garnett #5 of the Boston Celtics look on in the second half while taking on the Los Angeles Lakers in Game Six of the 2010 NBA Finals at Staples Center on June 15, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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The statement that I am about to make is not one that most Celtics fans are going to want to hear, especially considering the Celtics just beat the Magic by over 30 points on Monday in an 87-56 victory.  However, it is something that needs to be said.

It is time for Danny Ainge to pull the plug on the Big Three.  Let's face it, this Celtics team simply doesn't have it.  And their 7-9 record is misleading—they have actually been worse.

Of the Celtics' seven wins, three of them came against the lowly Washington Wizards, who hold a record of 2-15 this season—worst in the NBA.  When playing teams with six or more wins this season, the Celtics have a record of 1-8.  That simply isn't good enough for a team with championship aspirations.

Could this team bounce back and make the playoffs?  Absolutely.  But is simply making the playoffs good enough?  I don't think so, and I'm assuming most basketball fans would agree.  Both Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett are in the last year of their contracts, and both could be valuable to teams looking to clear cap space next season.  While Paul Pierce still has years left on his contract, he would have value to a team looking for a legitimate scorer that can create his own shot.  All three could bring in young players and/or draft picks that the team could use to build around Rondo.

There is no denying the fact that the Celtics have been successful with the Big Three: The team won an NBA Championship in 2008 and made the playoffs each of the last four years.  But all good things must come to an end, and the Celtics should try to get something out of their aging veterans before it is too late.