If Danny Ainge built a team built for a short run, the 2010 NBA Finals may be the end of it for principals Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce.
They are not getting any younger nor are they getting any better.
None of that should detract from what the Celtics have accomplished this spring — and what they may very well accomplish still — but it does place additional urgency on these finals for a team that bases its success solely on championships.
Looking to reason why the Celtics are slipping? It is simple. The Celtics have lost their edge, and good health and a couple of ubuntu chants following huddles are not going to bring it back.
This is not the 2007-08 team and the Celtics are stumbling against Eastern Conference contenders like a punch-drunk champion who has nothing but a few good rounds left.
The Celtics played a sparkling first half but had nothing for a response when the Cavaliers made adjustments, as good NBA teams do.
The Boston Celtics are discussing a deal with the Washington Wizards for forwards Antawn Jamison and Caron Butler, league sources told Yahoo! Sports on Friday.
The proposed deal would send the expiring contracts of Ray Allen, Brian Scalabrine and J.R. Giddens to the Wizards.
An actual trade is not yet imminent, but it represents the bold thinking of Danny Ainge ahead of the deadline. The teams are expected to continue discussing the deal on Friday and throughout All-Star weekend.
Danny Ainge has continued his attempts to trade Ray Allen, according to sources.
His most recent inquiry has involved the Kings, as he is interested in acquiring Kevin Martin in return.
Sacramento might be more inclined to deal Martin if a third team is involved.
Rumors about Ray Allen being on his way out of Boston are accurate, but only if the Celtics can get back a player who would crack the top eight in their rotation.
One scenario that has been discussed would have Allen going to Chicago for Kirk Hinrich and another piece — John Salmons? — to satisfy the salary requirements.
The Celtics have initiated trade proposals on Ray Allen, multiple league sources say, and Boston is searching for a younger, less expensive guard and an expiring contract.
This way they can find a replacement for the 34-year-old Allen without losing him and his $20 million expiring contract for nothing in free agency this summer.
Allen has expressed his desire to re-sign with the Celtics this offseason, but has also acknowledged the fact that the interest may not be mutual.
Multiple league sources confirmed that the Golden State Warriors are giving some thought to putting together a trade package that would involve Monta Ellis going to Boston in exchange for Ray Allen.
The Warriors see rookie Stephen Curry as the face of the franchise moving forward.
One league source said the Warriors believe that Curry will not develop at the rate they would like as long as Ellis is around.
For the second time in five years, Ray Allen is pondering his NBA future. He is a free agent at season’s end and the first of the Big Three whose future will come up for review by the Celtics organization.
“I would love to be here,” Allen said Saturday.
“In my mind right now, for me there’s no other place to be. It’s a great tradition. This is really NBA basketball to me, being a part of a team and the tradition of winning, a great fan base. But the situations have to be addressed. There is a business connected to it. The team is going to do what they think is necessary. We’ll have to make a decision based on how they come to me business-wise.”
Sources close to the thinking in Boston say that the C’s plan is to allow Allen’s deal to expire and look to re-sign him to a much more manageable number this summer using his “Bird Rights.”
However with so many major named players expected to be available at the trade deadline, it has been surprising that the Celtics have not been mentioned more as they have been among the more active “buyers” in the League.
The Celtics have a number of ending contracts to offer in addition to Allen including Tony Allen ($2.5 million), Brian Scalabrine ($3.4 million) and Eddie House ($2.8 million).