So it’s finally over. The Celtics Big 3 (or Big 4) era is officially coming to a close. The Celtics are trading long time Celtic Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Jason Terry to the Brooklyn Nets. The Nets will send back Gerald Wallace, Kris Humphries, 3 future first round draft picks and surely more pieces from the roster. The move comes within the same week of trading long time coach Doc Rivers to the Los Angles Clippers. This is sad and yet shocking news as the past 6 years have been very successful for Boston, ever since they traded for Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett in 2007. They went on to win the NBA title that same season and haven’t missed the playoffs since.
The team went through some ups and downs and will ultimately be remembered as a great era in Boston basketball. During this era starting point guard Rajon Rondo made a name for himself and will likely be the new face of the franchise as they rebuild. I’m actually disappointed that Pierce has been traded, but the NBA is a business. I just feel like they could of got a little bit more for their franchise center pieces. Actually no, they could of got a lot more for them. It’s a sad day to be a Celtic fan but with the moves made you have to hope that Danny Ainge has some kind of crazy plan.
On the other hand, Nets fans should be happy. Your lineup is now Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Brook Lopez with Jason Kidd holding the clipboard. I secretly hope David Stern vetoes this one. It’s a huge deal that can change things in this league. The Boston Big 3 era is over, I wonder where they’ll go now.