The 2010-2011 Boston Celtics are one of the best teams in the NBA this season and are primed for a playoff run.
But ever since the "Big Three" came into existence, age has been the word on the tongue of NBA pundits, as in: "The Boston Celtics are ageing and won't be able to compete next season."
Each season, the Celtics have proven the doubters wrong. But the truth is Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and both O'Neals are not the players they once were. One day their age will prevent them from leading an NBA team to the playoffs, and Celtics GM Danny Ainge does not want to sit around and wait for that to happen.
Ainge was part of the Celtics first "Big Three," with Larry Bird, Kevin McHale and Robert Parish and watched the team falter as it aged. He has been quoted as saying he doesn't want that to happen to this edition of the Celtics.
With his deadline deal earlier this season, Ainge showed he was unafraid to make big moves, even when his team is doing well.
Expect Ainge to have an active offseason aimed toward finding pieces to surround stalwart point guard Rajon Rondo with to ensure the Celtics' success is sustainable for the next decade.
It won't be easy, because the C's have big contracts on the books for a few more years, but Ainge is nothing if not creative, so don't be surprised if he finds a way to make some of these deals happen.