No one is safe in Boston.
The Celtics have won eight of their past 10, are 28-25 and currently sit in seventh place in the East, comfortably in the playoff picture.
But Danny Ainge and company have not been quiet about their interest in making some headline-grabbing moves this week.
Veteran Kevin Garnett isn't safe. Legendary Celtic Paul Pierce isn't safe. Even dynamic point guard Rajon Rondo, who is sidelined with a torn ACL, isn't safe.
Let's take a look at the newest buzz surrounding Boston's Big Three as Thursday's trade deadline quickly approaches.
According to ESPN's Chris Broussard, the Celtics aren't ignoring offers for the currently injured point guard:
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Sources say Boston willing to trade injured PG Rajon Rondo in right deal. Wizards looking to move Jordan Crawford.2/20/2013, 1:47:43 AM
First of all, let's hope those two sentences aren't connected.
Second, this is a fairly shocking development.
There are certain unknowns in coming back from an ACL tear, sure, but most teams don't usually go shipping off their best young player, no matter his status.
Rondo is the best distributor in the league. He is a scrappy on-ball defender. He rebounds well for his size. Simply put, he is an elite floor general in this league and is still just 26 years old. While he'll miss a portion of the 2013-14 season, he is also still under contract with the C's through 2014-15.
Still, the Celtics have looked good in his stead, and there's a possibility they feel confident in moving in a different direction should a team offers up something massive.
Nevertheless, jaws would drop if he were to be traded in the next few days.
KG has been in the middle of rumors for a while now, but it sounds as if the most recent of him going to the Los Angeles Clippers won't come to fruition.
The news comes from Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski:
For now, the Los Angeles Clippers have terminated talks with the Boston Celtics on a Kevin Garnett for Eric Bledsoe and DeAndre Jordan trade, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.
The Celtics have been eager to continue the conversation on the deal, but league sources said the talks will remain dormant unless Clippers star Chris Paul pushes the issue with management.
From a Celtics point of view, that's unfortunate. Garnett is still very productive in his 18th season, but getting budding superstar Eric Bledsoe and the ultra-athletic DeAndre Jordan would do absolute wonders for Boston's future.
While it's off the table for now, pay close attention to this one. The Clippers are in win-now mode, and Garnett would make them extremely dangerous.
And if something does indeed happen on that front, don't be surprised if Pierce is soon moved as well (via Wojnarowski):
If the Celtics trade Garnett before the deadline, they would move Pierce, too, sources said. For the Celtics, the chance to get Bledsoe and Jordan could be a prelude to trying to package Pierce in a possible deal to the Atlanta Hawks for Josh Smith, sources said.
Even more so than Garnett, losing Pierce would be rough for Celtics fans to deal with. Words can't quite describe what the talented wing has meant to that city.
But this would a pretty impressive "instant rebuild."
Josh Smith is undoubtedly going to command a max contract, but he's an athletic specimen capable of affecting every aspect of the game like few others.
DeAndre Jordan—who is owed more than $22 million over the next two years—is also an expensive option, but Bledsoe is dirt cheap over the same span, and shipping off Pierce and Garnett would free a lot of cap space.
Essentially, this would be a way for the Celtics to stay fairly competitive, but get much younger.
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