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Time To Think About Next Year

The Celtics are approaching the precipice of the NBA season, the NBA trade deadline. The NBA trade deadline is the make or break point of the every season. Teams need to decide whether they are in or whether they are ready to fold it in and play for next year.

The Celtics have by far exceeded expectations and are toying with the hearts and emotions of fans with each win they manage to rattle off.

The Celtics are capable of making the playoffs, but at what cost? The team cannot afford to enter the post season any lower than as a sixth seed. An opening round draw of either the Chicago Bulls or Miami Heat will lead to an exit faster than a Rajon Rondo led fast break.

The greatest value on the roster, as it currently exists, is the expiring contracts of both Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen. Allen and KG would be huge assets to any team looking to make a legitimate playoff run. Their skills, although diminished, as well as their experience and post season pedigree, are enough to make teams salivate at the potential impact they could each have on any club they could potentially join.

Danny Ainge is a lot of things and he is surely not afraid to make a deal that he believes would help set up his team for the long run. The Kendrick Perkins trade clearly blew up in his face, but there was potential for it to be a success and that option is still out there. Jeff Green can still make a contribution. This is glass half full of course, but our options are limited. Let’s face it, Perkins was not going to resign with the Celtics.

The Celtics also hold a conditional first round pick from the Los Angeles Clippers that was acquired via the Thunder as part of the Perkins trade. This pick could be huge considering the shape of the Clippers over the next couple of years. Stop me if you’ve heard this one, but the potential of the Clippers resigning both Chris Paul and Blake Griffin is highly unlikely. This could send the Clippers into their inevitable tailspin making the Celtics all the richer when it comes time to cash in on that pick.

As sad as it may seem, the era of the Big Three has ended. All good things must come to an end. We all knew this day would come, we just kept hoping for one more day in the sun.

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