Found February 22, 2013 on HoopStuff:
  Danny Ainge had a difficult decision in the weeks leading up to the trade deadline. He had the choice of trading their core players, Rajon Rondo (who is out of the year), Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce and rebuild, or keep their Big Three, stay the course, try to win a series or two in the playoffs this season and go for a championship when Rondo comes back and is healthy next year. He wisely chose the latter. Just last year, with almost the same team, the Celtics were very close to making the NBA Finals and with a healthy Rondo and Jared Sullinger (who is also out for the year) and with Pierce, Garnett and Avery Bradley, they could do it again. If the trade deadline is any indication, this is their plan and it is a very smart decision. Why break up a team that was so close, when you still have a title shot, as they are the only team, when healthy, in the East, who can give the Heat a real challenge, other than the Bulls with a healthy Derrick Rose. If a team has a chance at a titl...
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