Should the Boston Celtics ride the "New Three" until their retirements and/or contracts expire or do they trade one or more to rebuild?
Do you pull the plug early to soften the blow of rebuilding or start from the bottom in 2-3 years with many sub .500 years again?
This question hampers all championship teams, party hosts and economies going through a bubble such as tech and housing.
Doc and Ainge sold the future to keep their jobs for one trophy by trading 11 players and picks (including 3 top 10) for the aging KG and Ray Allen.
Bird, McHale and Parrish were ridden to the end, and with the premature deaths of Len Bias and Reggie Lewis, the once proud franchise bottomed out for years.
If healthy, the "New Three" could have a competitive 2009-10 season, but when the contracts expire their shelves will be quite depleted especially when another team overvalues Big Baby.
Unless the Celtics miraculously win another trophy next year, five years from now when the Celtics are 10+ games under .500, we will have wished the Celtics traded one or more of the stars.
Perhaps the Celtics can hedge their bets by seeing how the team plays in the beginning of next season. If they are dominating as they did in the beginning of this season, then perhaps the team should hold their cards. If the Celtics stumble out of the gate then fold them and trade away for the future.