So... bringing in more players to support the Big Two, Three (pick a number!) makes no sense.
KG and Pierce are now so diminished that they can no longer anchor the offense or close out games. The winning synergy of the team was predicated on having the ONLY Ray Allen in the NBA. That synergy went south when Ray Allen left town.
Each one of the Big Three made each of the others' jobs/shots easier, and, needless to say, also those of Bass and Rondo. The whole was greater than the sum of the parts in a basketball skills way.
Taking out Allen and slipping anyone else in there has not and could not replicate that formula.
We all agree that you need a transcendent player or two to compete for a title. And then a group of tough, competitive, rotation players each with one, or preferably, more legitimate NBA skills. And a high draft pick or two.
We have one transcendent player in Rondo, two fading fast, former transcendent players in KG and Pierce. We have two role players who you would describe as tough and skilled - Sullinger and Bradley. And we have Melo.
What transcendent player(s) would you bring in to form the core for the future?
My disclaimer:Jefferson cannot defend or rebound. Josh Smith is a trick-or-treat player and not exactly the locker-room leader you'd want for young players.
What role-playing tough guys?