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Exits of Pierce, Garnett signal end of Big 3


The Boston Celtics' Paul Pierce, left, chats with teammate Kevin Garnett on the bench during an NBA game against the Toronto Raptors in Boston in March. The duo is bound for Brooklyn, breaking up the Big Three in Beantown.

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BOSTON — Letting Doc Rivers go to the Los Angeles Clippers was the first sign. Getting rid of Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett clinched it.
The Boston Celtics are rebuilding.
The Celtics have agreed to the terms of a deal that would send the two remaining members of the Big Three that won the 2008 NBA title to the Brooklyn Nets for a package of draft picks and players. Garnett is a future Hall of Famer, but it’s Pierce’s departure that signals the end of an era for the league’s most-decorated franchise.
“It’s sad to see everybody ...

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