NBA exec believes Warriors should use Celtics' 'Big Three' as cautionary tale

Darren Hartwell
NBC Sports Boston

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.

And at least one NBA executive believes the Golden State Warriors should remember the Boston Celtics' past.

After winning three NBA titles in five years, the Warriors are at a crossroads: Should they make one more championship run next season if Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson are healthy or opt for a full rebuild with Curry, Thompson and Draymond Green all north of 30 on a team with the NBA's worst record?

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If Golden State chooses the "title run" route, there's speculation it could package Andrew Wiggins and its 2020 first-round pick (potentially No. 1 overall) for another veteran star.

But that's where the Celtics' past comes in. Here's what a Western Conference executive told Bleacher Report's Ric Bucher about that potential Wiggins trade:

There is no guy you'd give up the No. 1 pick and Andrew Wiggins for ... Besides, if you do go all in and trade Wiggins and the pick for some 30-year-old star, now you're looking at your core all aging out at the same time. You don't want to wake up and find yourself like the Celtics.

The exec is referring to Boston's "Big Three" of Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen, who led the C's to an NBA title in 2008 and another NBA Finals appearance in 2010.

The Celtics slowly declined as the Big Three got older, though, going 39-27 during the lockout-shortened 2011-12 campaign and plummeting to 41-40 in 2012-13 after Allen left.

Boston finally traded Pierce and Allen in the summer of 2013 but didn't win another playoff series until 2017.

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The Celtics actually had a very successful rebuild (thanks to Danny Ainge's fleecing of the Brooklyn Nets in the Pierce/Garnett trade) and are back among the NBA's elite.

Still, they probably could have accelerated that rebuild by cutting ties with Pierce and Garnett earlier, and this executive believes the Warriors should use Boston's situation as evidence against swapping young talent for established veterans.

It's unlikely Golden State will trade two franchise icons in Curry and Thompson. But if they resist temptation to add another aging star, they may have the original "Big Three" to thank.

NBA exec believes Warriors should use Celtics' 'Big Three' as cautionary tale originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

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