NBA.com’s David Aldridge conducted an informal survey to determine which member of Boston’s Big Three has the highest trade value.
An informal survey Sunday of 15 league personnel men asked the question: if salaries were not an issue, which of the Big Three still has the most value?
Seven thought Pierce had the most gas left in the tank, five chose Allen, and three went for Garnett — with two KG supporters citing his length and defensive savvy. But, of course, salaries are an issue, with Garnett and Allen each in the final year of their respective contracts, and Pierce with two years and $32 million left on his extension. Ainge doesn’t even have to make a trade; he could just let everyone’s deals expire, let Garnett, Allen and Jermaine O’Neal — along with vets like (newly acquired) Mickael Pietrus, Keyon Dooling, Marquis Daniels and Sasha Pavlovic, all on one-year deals — walk next summer, and try to convince prospective free agents to play with Rondo and Pierce.
Of course, salaries are an issue in reality. Pierce has two years and $32 million left after this season. Allen and Garnett both have expiring contracts.
It’s still unlikely any of the Big Three get traded. It’s difficult to find a trading partner that makes sense, and Ainge can just wait for the contracts to expire before rebuilding this offseason.
P.S. — If two KG supporters cited his length and defensive savvy, what did the other cite? His ability to chew through concrete blocks with a single bite?