(NEW YORK) — The Boston Celtics Game 7 loss to the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals was perceived by many as the end of the run for Boston’s “Big 3.” Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett are both free agents, but there is a growing belief that Boston could retain their core.
Celtics legend and current Houston Rockets head coach Kevin McHale for one thinks that we haven’t seen the last of the Celtics as presently constructed.
“Not done yet,” McHale said. “They got to the conference finals, we’ll see what happens. Those guys have got contracts that they’re going to have to get signed; it has yet to be determined what’s going to happen. I would be surprised if they didn’t try to put the team together for another run for a year or two.”
Despite what McHale thinks, it all comes down to what Celtics general manager Danny Ainge thinks, and he’s open to the idea as well.
“That’s a tough ‘yes’ or ‘no’ question,” Ainge told CSNEE.com when asked if the team would bring back Allen and Garnett. “We want guys back that we have on our roster right now. We’ll have good dialogue … and figure out who is coming back.
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