Report: Big Three nearly split at deadline

April, 18, 2012
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Joe Murphy/NBAE/Getty ImagesA Yahoo! Sports report indicates the Cletics nearly landed O.J. Mayo at the trade deadline in exchange for Ray Allen.
A report Wednesday indicates that the Celtics were close to a Ray Allen-for-O.J. Mayo swap at the trade deadline. From Yahoo! Sports:
As the NBA trade deadline lurched into its final hour a month ago, league sources say the call Ray Allen long feared had come: Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers was on the line, telling him he had been traded. Allen had been sent to the Memphis Grizzlies for a package including O.J. Mayo and a draft pick, and the Celtics' Big Three had come to a most brusque ending.

For 20 minutes or so, Allen had to process the information. They traded me to Memphis? And yet, as the disappointment dissolved to anger, Rivers returned with a messenger’s nightmare: Never mind. The deal fell apart. Take a deep breath and let’s go back to work again.

Before the Big Three could make it past the trade deadline, Allen-to-the-Grizzlies had to fall apart and discussions on a deal that would have sent Paul Pierce to the New Jersey Nets for an expiring Mehmet Okur contract and a lottery pick never reached completion, league sources said. Celtics general manager Danny Ainge loves the talent in the 2012 NBA draft, but he still gets one more run, one more chance with this group in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

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What's your take? Did the Celtics do the right thing in keeping the band together or should they have pushed harder to make one of these deadline deals? Sound off in the comments.

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