A long draining season has come to an end. There has been very little time for reflection in the interim, since the future holds so many questions for the Boston Celtics. An injury to a franchise player and underwhelming performances by a revamped supporting cast turned the 2012-13 campaign into a relative disappointment.
Looking ahead, there will be plenty of dominoes to fall in the 2013 offseason for Danny Ainge, but he must deal with the largest ones right away. Paul Pierce is first on the docket. What seemed like a relative certainity just months ago, that Pierce would be back for one final run next year, is now being questioned by many in Celtics circles. Kevin Garnett has wisely tied his fate to Pierce’s and to add even more intrigue to the mix, Doc Rivers has not assured his front office that he will be back next season.
All of this creates quite the chess board for Ainge to navigate, as he tries to balance staying competitive and building for the long-term. Turning the page on two of the greatest Celtics in history will be tough when it happens. The question is whether it should happen yet.
To break it down, along with the possibility of other roster moves, I joined Rich Keefe on 98.5 The Sports Hub in Boston yesterday to dissect these questions. Will Pierce and KG be back? Should they be back? Who else on the roster is a candidate to be sent packing? And what does the rest of the offseason hold for the Celtics? You can listen to the podcast by clicking on the play button, or download the mp3 by clicking on the arrow.