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2013-06-28 07.06.17

A lot has changed in the last six years for the Boston Celtics. After a middling decade, Danny Ainge and company decided to do something about it, pulling of a summer heist that led to Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen joining Paul Pierce on the Cs. The Boston Big Three would go on to win one championship, come down to a game 7 with LA in another and had several other deep playoff runs.

Allen signed with the Heat before the season and if it wasn’t for him and a huge shot in Game 6, Miami may have well have lost to San Antonio. With Allen gone and the stars aging, it was only a matter of time before the Cs would decide to make a cut to try to get the most back for the remaining two stars.

As the league held its annual draft last night, the Celtics pulled the trigger on yet another trade this week, with reports indicating that the Brooklyn Nets will be sending back a pretty sizable haul of picks and players to fill the gap.

To Rajon Rondo, hang in there, bud. Pierce hung around and was rewarded. 2013-14 won’t be the Celtics best year, but with the picks from this trade and the Clippers deal for Doc Rivers, they stand to rebuild, young, quickly.

Rest in peace, my favorite Sportscenter commercial from the last few years: