Reconstruction is no longer in the “This Old House” phase. Think Egypt before the Pyramids, or the day they tore down the old Boston Garden.
Think about a Celtics team wiped clean of Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett — two players who will surely have their jerseys retired before long, but who will not retire in a green uniform.
Ainge, who has been itching to start a new era for the last two years, finally tore his team down to the floorboards yesterday before settling in to trade up to the 13th pick and take Gonzaga center Kelly Olynyk.

When the NBA’s contract moratorium ends on July 10, Ainge will announce that he has traded the soul of the franchise — Pierce and Garnett — in addition to Jason Terry to Brooklyn for first-round draft picks in 2014, 2016 and 2018, in addition to Gerald Wallace, former Celtic Kris Joseph, Tornike Shengelia, Reggie Evans, Keith Bogans and the expiring contract of Kris Humphries.
The hard pill for the Celtics is Wallace, who has three years and $30 million left on his contract. But they were able to shed the contract of Terry, who has two years and almost $12 million remaining on his deal.
Ainge and Brooklyn general manager Billy King both declined comment last night, but sources from both teams confirmed the trade had been completed.
As a result, the Celtics that Olynyk, a 7-foot Canadian, might know is not the team he will join.
Though Ainge tried his best to avoid answering all questions about this enormous deal, when asked about the players Olynyk will complement, he mentioned Rajon Rondo, Jared Sullinger and Jeff Green.
Nowhere in that comment were the names of Pierce and Garnett. When this was pointed out to him, Ainge caught himself before saying, “I don’t know what you’re trying to get at. I can’t go there.”