Ainge Would Swap Big Three for Youngsters
Celtics vice president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said today he would consider a major move involving the Big Three if it would help foster the team’s transition to the next era.
The Celtics began the season with eight losses in their first 12 games and there has been increasing speculation Ainge would blow up the team’s veteran core of Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett, and Paul Pierce if the team were not competitive this season.
Ainge said he would consider trades if they would net younger talent.
“He (Red Auerbach) had a chance to trade Larry (Bird) (to Indiana) for Chuck Person and Herb Williams and (Steve) Stipanovich and he had a chance to trade Kevin (McHale) (to Dallas) for Detlef Schrempf and Sam Perkins. I was like are you kidding? I mean I feel that way now. If I were presented with those kind of deals for our aging veterans, it’s a done deal to continue the success.”