As the clock approached triple-zeros at the American Airlines Arena Saturday night, the realization of the end of an era in Boston became closer to a reality as Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, Paul Pierce and the rest of the Boston Celtics walked off the floor in defeat.
One of the main questions this offseason will be concerning what the future holds for Boston’s Big Three, as it looks like a breakup appears all but inevitable.
With the beginning of the offseason only a couple weeks away, here’s a look at what could be in store for Garnett and the rest of the Celtics’ Big Three.
Which Big 3 members will be in Boston next season?
KG showed the second half of the season and in the postseason that he can still be a valuable part of a contending team, and there will be plenty of suitors for his services after averaging 19.2 points and 10.3 rebounds throughout the postseason.
However the unrestricted free agent will have plenty of options, including maybe a surprise team like the San Antonio Spurs. Buck Harvey of the San Antonio Express-News reported that despite Tim Duncan and KG hating each other that a member of the Spurs' organization suggested that KG could be an option.
One thing is for sure and that is the fact that Garnett is going to have plenty of other options around the league other than Boston.
The NBA’s all-time leader in three-point shots made has likely played his final game in a Celtics uniform after a rough 2012 season that saw Allen suffer through multiple injuries.
Allen, who will turn 37 next month, can still offer value to a contender as a shooter, and while it’s doubtful he returns to Beantown, SI.com reports that the Bulls, Knicks, Grizzlies and Lakers are among the teams that could pursue Allen in the offseason.
If he gets a decent offer from a contending team, it will be unlikely that a return to the Celtics is in the cards for the future Hall of Famer.
‘The Truth,’ still has two years and $32 million on his contract (2014 is a player option), but Danny Ainge tried to deal him at the trading deadline, so moving Pierce isn’t out of the question during the offseason.
However, while I expect KG and Allen to be in different uniforms next season, I expect Pierce to remain in Boston, at least in the short-term.
Pierce still averaged 19.4 points and 5.2 rebounds during the 2012 season and still has some value to the Celtics.