After the 2007 season, the Boston Celtics brought Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett into Boston to join Paul Pierce. This move brought the once-great franchise back from the brink of irrelevancy and made them contenders once again.
But it did more than that—it brought Boston its first NBA Championship since 1986.
The Celtics are still contenders, but the Big Three aren't getting any younger. Their defeat at the hands of the new Big Three in Miami this season brought a realization to the Celtics that they can no longer keep up with the best of the NBA.
As a result, Celtics management has two options.
They can cling to the foundation they have in the Big Three and hope some miraculous shot of youth will bring them back to championship form, or they can look to the future and assemble a new Big Three that will make them championship-caliber not just now, but in the future as well.
It's very possible to do, especially if the lockout lasts for the entire upcoming season. Here's what the Celtics can do to get their next Big Three in Boston.