All good things must come to an end and so it seems the same is true for the Boston Celtics 'Big Three'. After Sundays game seven loss to the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals the Boston Celtics season ends and with it a good chance that a great era in the storied history of Celtics basketball ends too. The big three of Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett have been together since the beginning of the 2007-08 season and achieved what General Manager Danny Ainge set out to do when he put the trio together, as they won the NBA title in their first year together. [caption id="attachment_7905" align="alignright" width="200" caption="Danny Ainge will have some big decisions to make this offseason"][/caption] They had a second trip to the Finals in the 2009-10 season but fell in seven games to the Los Angeles Lakers. Not many people expected the Celtics to do as well as they did this season and being one game short of a third Finals appearance should be seen as a successful season but with Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett both coming off contract it seems unlikely the big three will stay together. Danny Ainge has publicly said hes not afraid to make the hard decisions and with Allen and Garnett both off contract many in the know are of the opinion that now is the time for the Celtics to rebuild. Garnett has played 17 years in the league and there has been talk of him retiring. With almost 1400 games under his belt its easy to understand why KG might be ready to give the game away. If retirement isn't on Garnett's to do list then its remains to be seen whether or not the Celtics would be willing to pay him his worth. After such a good post season this year many teams would be keen to pay Garnett quite well for his services. Allen is in a similar predicament except hes made it clear that once he has bone spurs removed he still has a lot of basketball left in him. Again its a question of whether or not Boston are willing to pay Allen to stay on. Miami and New York are two clubs that have reportedly shown interest in signing Allen. Pierce still has two years left on his contract and its expected that he will more than likely stay on with the organisation as a veteran leader to what is expected to be a younger team built around Rajon Rondo. If Pierce was to be traded its hard to believe that he would be willing to play with any team other then his beloved Celtics. Whatever happens with the big three between now and the start of the 2012-13 season its very hard to see Boston returning with all three players still in the green and white and the word is that the Celtics will look to rebuild starting next season. Do you think Boston can keep the big three together?
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