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Ainge nearly blew up the Big Three at deadline

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08:07 AM ET 04.18 | The big ... one? As the NBA trade deadline lurched into its final hour a month ago, league sources say the call Ray Allen long feared had come: Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers was on the line, telling him he had been traded. Allen had been sent to the Memphis Grizzlies for a package including O.J. Mayo and a draft pick, and the Celtics' Big Three had come to a most brusque ending. For 20 minutes or so, Allen had to process the information. ... The deal fell apart. Take a deep breath and let's go back to work again. Before the Big Three could make it past the trade deadline, Allen-to-the-Grizzlies had to fall apart and discussions on a deal that would have sent Paul Pierce to the New Jersey Nets for an expiring Mehmet Okur contract and a lottery pick never reached completion.

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April 18, 2012  08:32 AM ET

what about KG?

It would suc.k for PP to go from one of the top teams to the bottom in New Jersey lol

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April 18, 2012  08:51 AM ET

A good GM gets the pieces together for a championship run. A great GM knows when to get rid of declining players.

April 18, 2012  09:15 AM ET

Yeah, but I can't really say all their moves over the past couple years have really made them a better team. Let's hope Ray Allen's mental state is not as fragile as Lamar Odom's. I doubt it is.

April 18, 2012  09:18 AM ET
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Yeah, but I can't really say all their moves over the past couple years have really made them a better team. Let's hope Ray Allen's mental state is not as fragile as Lamar Odom's. I doubt it is.

it's impossible for anyone to be as fragile mentally as odom is

April 18, 2012  09:46 AM ET
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it's impossible for anyone to be as mental as odom is

^^^^ Fixed it for ya^^^^

April 18, 2012  09:49 AM ET
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The Allen for Mayo makes sense for both teams but the Pierce trade baffles me.

Salary Cap.

April 18, 2012  09:51 AM ET
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Yeah, but I can't really say all their moves over the past couple years have really made them a better team. Let's hope Ray Allen's mental state is not as fragile as Lamar Odom's. I doubt it is.

The trade deadline was over a month ago.......I think it's safe to say that Allen is.....OK.

April 18, 2012  09:54 AM ET

I gotta say, Ainge got Garnett because his buddy was running Minnesota...that said, the Celtics should have never traded Kendrick Perkins. In hindsight many have said that he was not deserving of an extension, but for Boston he was worth it. For one, he could extend Garnett's career. In the context of the Celtics team, he had a valuable role and it would be viable for 5 years AND it could serve as a trade chip when it's usefulness expires. Big men are always overvalued (see Denver: Nene). Had they kept Perkins (a deal that was questioned at the time, then kinda understood, and now questioned again) they would be a championship favorite instead of a few weeks away from being knocked out in the second round if not the first!

Not a fan of Ainge...they should've gotten at least 1 more Finals trip and they prolly would make it this year if they had Perkins

April 18, 2012  09:59 AM ET
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CELTICS RULE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

aparently they do.. but not yesterday :) GO Knicks

April 18, 2012  10:00 AM ET
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The Allen for Mayo makes sense for both teams but the Pierce trade baffles me.

I would have not done either trade. expecially the NJ one.. I think Angie can do better than that. Sometimes things work out in the end.

April 18, 2012  10:11 AM ET

Boston Is Done, Bros.

April 18, 2012  10:12 AM ET
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it's impossible for anyone to be as fragile mentally as odom is

Odom aka Glass Joe

April 18, 2012  10:19 AM ET
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I would have not done either trade. expecially the NJ one.. I think Angie can do better than that. Sometimes things work out in the end.

In retrospect he should have blown up the big three... with the way they are playing right now they do not deserve to be together... how the hell do you give up 72 first quarter points to the Knicks and let Chandler go 9 for 10...

April 18, 2012  10:19 AM ET
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In retrospect he should have blown up the big three... with the way they are playing right now they do not deserve to be together... how the hell do you give up 72 first quarter points to the Knicks and let Chandler go 9 for 10...

I mean first half... :)

April 18, 2012  10:21 AM ET

As long as the Refs call the game like they did last night against the Knicks, the Celtics will go far in the playoffs.

 
April 18, 2012  10:22 AM ET
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A good GM gets the pieces together for a championship run. A great GM knows when to get rid of declining players.

He saw his shot and he took it. Now it's time to start all over again... that's when the emotions of seperation anxiety kick in. It's a fine line between knowing when to walk and when to run... Ainge needs to walk the big three outta town... you might as well call them the old three.

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