Does Rebuilding Start Now in Boston?
Nobody knows what the future holds for (Kevin) Garnett, (Paul) Pierce and (Ray) Allen after losing to the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals, but there’s a strong possibility that this is the end of an era in Boston.
Garnett and Allen will become unrestricted free agents this summer. Pierce has hinted that he’ll consider retirement. Since joining forces in 2008, the Big Three have won a championship, emerged as perennial contenders and solidified themselves as one of the greatest trios in NBA history.
Allen will likely test free agency, especially since he was nearly dealt at the trade deadline. Sources believe he’ll look to sign a multi-year deal with another contender. Garnett will also receive interest from a number of teams after his phenomenal postseason run. Pierce was almost traded at midseason for a lottery pick, and a similar move could be made before the draft if Garnett and Allen let it be known that they’re leaving. After giving this group one more shot, this will likely be the summer that Ainge decides to rebuild.