Danny Ainge took a huge risk by not making a move before the NBA trade deadline last season. At that point in the season the Boston Celtics were on the brink of either falling to mediocrity or coming together to do something great. It is safe to say we all know what happened in the end.
When the Miami Heat defeated the Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals and the season came to an end, we all knew the team was about to undergo a drastic transformation.
The Celtics drafted a trio of power forwards in Jared Sullinger from Ohio State with the No. 21 pick, Fab Melo from Syracuse with the No. 22 pick, and Kris Joseph, also from Syracuse with the No. 51 pick.
It was a shock to some that Sullinger fell to No. 21 due to his talent but concerns over his back scared many teams away, especially with such a deep draft that offered plenty of top talent with less risk. If he comes out strong next season, he will be considered one of the "steals" of the draft. Melo will take some time to develop offensively but his size will help Boston on defense. Joseph is considered a good outside shooter but still requires some work to become NBA ready.
In free agency, Boston resigned free agent Kevin Garnett to a three-year deal worth $34 million. Garnett averaged 15.8 points and 8.2 rebounds in the regular season and 19.2 points and 10.3 rebounds during the playoffs.
Free-agent guard Jason Terry is close to inking a three-year deal with the Celtics, which will pay him $5 million per year. Terry has spent the last eight seasons with the Dallas Mavericks and averaged 15.1 points per game last season.
Other key former Celtics exploring free agency includes Ray Allen, Brandon Bass, and Michael Pietrus. Allen is currently exploring options with the Heat and Los Angeles Clippers.
While I would love to see Allen return, I believe it is time to break up the "Big 3." Perhaps Allen can find a team better suited for his talents as his career winds down.
Bass opted out of $4.25 million he was scheduled to make next season to become a free agent. As much as I would like to see Bass return, it has to be for the right price. In an effort to retool for the future, the Celtics cannot afford to overpay.
As the weeks progress it will be interesting to see what the Celtics do next.
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