Sunday , Mar , 25 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Doc Rivers: Boston Wants Kevin Garnett back next year

One thing is clear though: if he wants to play, the Celtics want him playing in Boston. “Oh yeah, absolutely. We want him back,” Rivers said. “I think it will come down to if he wants to play or not. But, you know, who knows? So many games and so many things can happen. Being around this as long as I have I know it is very emotional how the season ends. And a lot of players have made poor decisions on the end of a season, so we’ll have to wait and see.”

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: There’s no rush to move on.

For years, fans and media have been wondering when Boston Celtics GM Danny Ainge will break up his ‘Big Three’ of Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett, and Paul Pierce, and begin a slow, cumbersome rebuilding project.

Most figured the makeover would begin this summer with Garnett’s $20 million per annum contract coming off the books. Well, that plan could be pushed back to July 2013 -or even later.

Garnett, in large part because of a shift to center, is still highly productive. While not athletic and agile, he still rebounds, defends, competes, and knocks down outside jumpers.

In fact, the first ballot Hall of Fame post has been so productive his coach, Doc Rivers, is telling reporters he  wants him back next season.

Here’s the question: would Ainge keep the ‘Big Three’ and Rajon Rondo together for 2013?

Perhaps.

Rebuilding doesn’t guarantee success. Remember, GM Joe Dumars prematurely broke up the Detroit Pistons, swapping the stellar Chauncey Billups for the cancerous Allen Iverson. Dumars misspent the cap space he gained. Superstars passed on the Motor City. And the Pistons are irrelevant.

So Ainge’s best option may be to keep the Big Three together, especially if they put together a playoff run.

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