The era of the original Big Three appears to be coming to a close.
While teams try to emulate the incredible talent that the Boston Celtics were able to accumulate in one offseason to complement lifelong Celtic Paul Pierce, they will nearly all be gone come the commencement of the 2012-13 NBA season.
The demand for money by some of the elder Celtics will further encourage the front office to part ways with some future Hall of Famers who have led the C's to prominence in the Eastern Conference.
One of the original Big Three will remain—the one who saw the era begin will be left when it all ends.
At first glance, it does look like a huge change from 2011, but keep in mind that three starters will return.
With talented youth like Rajon Rondo leading the way, Boston will more than hold their own next year.