Not even two days after being eliminated by the Miami Heat, rumors are already surrounding the Boston Celtics. During these past 5 seasons its been mostly quiet heading into the offseason, since everyone expected the Big 3 to come back. This year, there is a lot of uncertainty on whether the Big 3 will return for next season, and the cause for a possible break up may not be due to retirement.
Spurs Have Interest In Kevin Garnett
Multiple sources are now reporting that the San Antonio Spurs are interested in adding Kevin Garnett to their roster. Surprisingly, the Spurs plan is to re-sign Tim Duncan and then signing KG in the offseason. Both Duncan and Garnett are supposedly not very close at all, in fact there is some level of hate between the two.
Unless Garnett is willing to take a pay cut, there is no way the Spurs can sign both players. If that were the case and he would be willing to take less money, then I think the Celtics would offer him a matching contract. But seeing that KG’s career is coming to an end, I wouldn’t be surprised if he goes somewhere he could win a ring next year.
Ray Allen Leaving Boston Because Of Rajon Rondo?
Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated was the first person to report on this story. He expounded on this rumor earlier today on WEEI Boston.
There is going to be a ton of interest in Ray Allen in the offseason,” Mannix said. “He’s going to be able to pick and choose where he wants to play.”
Allen conceivably could return to Boston, but Mannix said that decision might be affected by Allen’s apparent struggles to get along with Rajon Rondo.
“I think there’s no question that the relationship was strained over this year,” Mannix said. “How strained is the key, and it’s still a little bit unclear. There was some friction between those two. I think that could play a role in Ray’s decision not to come back. Now, I agree, I think that Boston probably wasn’t going to bring him back anyway, you’re right, it’s Avery Bradley’s job and Ray isn’t coming back to the Celtics to be a bench player, especially when he can be a bench player on a team that might be more likely to win a championship. But I think the relationship over the last year between Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo soured. Now, I’m not entirely clear as to how bad it got. But certainly I know that there was some legitimate, palpable friction between those two players and I think that will ultimately affect his decision in free agency.
Throughout these last few years, there was some friction between Rondo and Allen, but it never effected how they played together on the court.
If Allen does decide to leave, it isn’t as big of a blow to the team since Avery Bradley can fill that role.
Even though the beginning of free agency is three weeks away, Danny Ainge isn’t wasting any time looking at players who can fill roles for the team.
Danny Green, a guard-forward who played extremely well for the Spurs in the Conference Semi-Finals in this year’s playoffs, is receiving some interest from Ainge. Green is a restricted free agent, but seeing how Gregg Popovich substituted him for Manu Ginobli, Green may consider to move on to a different team in the offseason.
He’d definitely be a role player on the Celtics. Personally I think he’s too small to play the small forward position right now, but he could be provide the team with scoring off the bench from the shooting guard spot.
If Ainge is going to rebuild, he has to sign some established young players, and if Green becomes an option, he may be a good place to start when it comes to signing free agents.
Like I’ve said before, I think the Big 3 era is over. If we continue to hear these types of rumors, then there is the possibility that the Big 3, including Paul Pierce will go their separate ways next season.