The big three era at Boston is coming to an end. No matter how you choose to look at it or however hard you try to ignore it, Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce are playing in their last season together for the Celtics.
Having won a championship and changing the face of basketball forever, the big three's legacy will live on long after they have all retired from the sport. The idea that three superstars, three future Hall of Famers, could get together and put their egos aside in an attempt to win the rings they had been searching their whole careers for was revolutionary.
The Celtics this season have turned things around after a slow start and the five starters should be allowed to complete the season and have one final hurrah in the playoffs. What General Manager Danny Ainge is planning for the big three this season is anyone's guess, but after giving the Boston fans so much, Allen, Garnett and Pierce should be presented with the chance to go out in a blaze of glory.
Trading any of the big three now, or before the season ends, isn't going to bring in Dwight Howard. No matter how much Celtics fans would love to see him in the green of Boston, the Celtics do not have enough value to give the Orlando Magic and Howard has expressed his preference to move elsewhere.
Ainge may be trying to squeeze a trade out of somewhere and might even be looking to swap Rajon Rondo but the smart money says that the Celtics should look to build in the offseason and structure a team around Rondo and Jeff Green.
If the Celtics keep their bench and aim to design a team that fits around Rondo and Green, who can they realistically expect to get? While Doc Rivers would love to have any of the starters from the All-Star game, they are all way beyond the trade value the Celtics have to barter with.
Rather than waste your time on fantasy picks such as Kevin Love, LeBron James or Blake Griffin, (there is no way that any one of those players is going to be traded away by their team), here are six possible trades that the C's could make in the offseason and who would give them a real shot at the championship next season.