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Team Previews: Boston Celtics 2013-14

Ken Crites

Ken Crites

Ken was an early RotoWire contributor back in the 90ís. He now returns with the grace of Gheorghe Muresan and the wisdom of Joe Gibbs. Tweet him at @KenCrites or e-mail him at Ken is also the reigning RotoWire "NBA Drive To The Finals" champion - boom!

This summer Danny Ainge officially kicked into overdrive the rebuilding process. The dismantling really started the summer of 2012 when Ray Allen left for the Heat. It continued 38 games into last season, when Rajon Rondo was lost for the season with a torn ACL. Celtics fans can't really complain. The organization was able to squeeze six high-quality seasons out of the Big 3 era, with one championship, two finals appearances, three Eastern Conference finals showdowns and six straight playoff appearances.

Throughout those six years, Ainge was often reminded of comments he made about Red Auerbach not breaking up the legendary 80's Celtics team while its aging stars still had trade value. Ainge said about Auerbach, "He had a chance to trade Larry (to Indiana) for Chuck Person and Herb Williams and Stipanovich and he had a chance to trade Kevin (to Dallas) for Detlef Schrempf and Sam Perkins. I was like, 'Are you kidding?' I me

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