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06-10-2012, 08:51 AM
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The Celtics overachieved this year... plain and simple. Around the trade deadline, the Celtics weren't even a playoff team, let alone a contender who came 1 game away from playing in the NBA finals.

I do believe that this team will look drastically different next year. Ainge knows well that Pierce is still a productive enough star that he could command a valuable return in the trade market (very good draft pick, very good NBA player). Although it is more likely he stays aboard and retires a Celtic, there was that rumor that surfaced a few months ago about Pierce almost heading to the Nets. If that trigger was almost pulled then, why can't it now, given that these vets will all be a year older.

Allen and Garnett as free agents makes the complexion of next year's team up in the air. While they could return, one or both could retire. The consolation prize to their retirement however is cap space that could be used on younger, more athletic players, if that's the direction we're heading in. Bradley and Rondo in your backcourt make for a very explosive starting 2... but what about the frontcourt? There needs to be athleticism at all positions to keep up with the up and coming teams, and also to be able to execute an up tempo game plan to fruition.

I am curious to see where this ship is headed now. It has been a good 5-year run, but one that is clearly numbered.

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