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2013 Boston Celtics

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Boston Celtics (Last Year: 41-40)

2012-13 Season Summary:
For the past couple of seasons, the goal for the Boston Celtics was to just get to the playoffs with everybody healthy and hope to make a postseason run. However, Rajon Rondo's season-ending torn ACL midway through the year quickly ended any real hope the Celtics had of making any noise past the regular season.

With Rondo out of the lineup, that put a ton of pressure on Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, who still played at a high level but definitely were a step slower in their older age. Retirement rumors have even surfaced surrounding the 37-year old Garnett.

Boston made moves in last offseason to improve its bench play and supporting cast, but those acquisitions fell short for the most part. Jeff Green did return from a heart condition that forced him to miss the entire 2011-12 season and provided some punch off the bench. Rookie Jared Sullinger seemed like a first-round steal early in the season, but had his year cut short because of a back injury. From there, guys like Jason Terry, Courtney Lee, and Leandro Barbosa didn't get the job done, and the Celtics even made some mid-season moves in acquiring Jordan Crawford and signing Terrence Williams. In the end, the team still lacked the efficiency off the bench to help Pierce and Garnett.

2013-14 Projected Depth Chart:

C: Kelly Olynyk/Fab Melo/Colton Iverson

PF: Jeff Green/Brandon Bass/Jared Sullinger/Kris Humphries

SF: Gerald Wallace/Keith Bogans/Kris Joseph

SG: Avery Bradley/Jordan Crawford/Courtney Lee/MarShon Brooks

PG: Rajon Rondo

NBA Offseason Transactions:

The Celtics acquire SF-Gerald Wallace, PF-Kris Humphries, SG-MarShon Brooks, SF-Kris Joseph, SG-Keith Bogans, first-round picks in 2014, 2016 and 2018, and the right to swap first-round picks in 2017 from the Nets for PF-Kevin Garnett, SF-Paul Pierce, and SG-Jason Terry.

The Celtics waive SF-Terrence Williams.

NBA Free Agents:

PF-Chris Wilcox (UFA)

PF-D.J. White (UFA)

PF-Shavlik Randolph (UFA)

2013-14 Team Salary: Approximately $73.1 million

NBA Offseason Team Needs:

1. Center: Garnett isn't the ironman he once was, and while the Celtics did draft Fab Melo last year, the team needs to add a true big man to help bang inside and take some of the low-post responsibilities away from Garnett. This need becomes even more prominent if Garnett ends up retiring this offseason, but I can't see that happening.

There will be some guys available when the Celtics pick sixteenth overall in the NBA Draft, but since the organization just took a project in Melo a year ago, finding a free agent center would be a better route to take since it would provide immediate relief which is what Boston needs since its window is shrinking.

2. Point Guard: With Rondo's health uncertain for the start of next season, Boston would be smart to add another true point guard to the roster. Bradley is capable of filling in at the spot like he did after Rondo's injury, but by no means is he a true distributor or creator. There could be a couple of point guards options available at No. 16 as well, so that's something the Celtics might look into as well with their first-rounder.

3. Shop Pierce and Rondo: I'm not saying the Celtics should definitely trade either player, but they should at least put out some feelers to see if some team is willing to grossly overpay to land an immediate All-Star caliber player. It almost seems sacrilegious to shop Pierce, but he is in the final year of his contract, and with Garnett likely to retire in a year or two (possibly even this summer), Boston needs to start looking to the future at some point. As for Rondo, if the team might be able to land a DeMarcus Cousins in a trade for him, it would have to seriously contemplate making that move. You might as well add Garnett to this list as well.

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Deivisson 01-02-2014 06:02 am (total posts: 1)
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- Yes he was easily beettr than all of those guys. Remember he DESTROYED Robinson in´╗┐ the olympics. And there would be an argument of him in his prime being beettr than Shaq in his prime, not as a pure offensive force of nature, but as an overall player and triple double machine.
Franco 01-02-2014 04:41 am (total posts: 1)
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Cmon Bigga .. I had to go through a whole year of Laker Hate on Tss Twitter and focobaek. And now you wanna say/imply im not classy?Wheres that Bigga voodoo doll .Imma make him skinny!!!!!!
Oh I didn't know the used that clause 06-29-2013 11:06 am (total posts: 3)
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Oh.well in 2013 thanks to the nets Mr Silver will say:

With the first pick in the 2018 draft the Boston Celtics(via the nets)select Seventh Woods.

BOOK IT!!!!!!Lopez will be their only good player by then.

Also they will have:Aaron Gordon,LeBryant Nash,many more good young players.
Bgame17 06-29-2013 02:13 am (total posts: 1)
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Boston can't amnesty Wallace
Celtics are rebuilding 06-28-2013 12:34 pm (total posts: 3)
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Boston's gonna amnesty Wallace.
You don't watch the NBA 06-23-2013 01:36 pm (total posts: 1)
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You clearly did not watch the Celtics or possibly the NBA at all last year. This is exemplified by your "Jeff Green provided some scoring punch off the bench" you do realize that Jeff Green was starting for the Celtics, and was FAR AND AWAY their second best player (after KG) last year correct? To think that BRANDON FREAKING BASS arguably the worst starting player in the NBA would start over him is a total joke.
Pelicans dude 06-15-2013 10:52 pm (total posts: 3)
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Ok so it seems like rivers could go to LA for DeAndre,maybe Bledsoe and picks while Rivers brings KG and lee with him.then that Clippers team could deal Blake and (if he's not a Celtic yet) Bledsoe for Dwight.if this happens than Boston is back to the post Bird-Parish-Mchale era.Rondo will be the main rebuilding piece and next year's draft class is star & role player filled(so Boston can make a 1 year retooling plan?Ainge is smart if this happened).also it'll prove that the Clippers are aggressive with trying to win(CPD15)and for the lakers Blake is better for D'Antonie's system than Dwight(but not for shooting free throws.oh neither is DeAndre Blake is better at free throws than DeAndre.)
Monte 10-25-2012 02:13 pm (total posts: 1)
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Jajuan Johnson is no longer on the celtics but he wouldn't have played anyway.
Joe R 06-29-2012 11:19 am (total posts: 1)
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I like it. Make sure Sullinger's back is okay and this becomes a great draft for the Celtics.
Ben 06-28-2012 04:32 pm (total posts: 1)
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The Celtics need to sign Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett to 1-2 year contracts or maybe more for Garnett. To groom their back-ups.
john robles 06-23-2012 04:32 pm (total posts: 1)
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KG is the only UFA Celtics should resign from their team then go after Kaman, Courtney Lee, Danny Green and RFA Bayless rest of players through the draft.
Cam 06-29-2011 03:25 pm (total posts: 1)
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Jajuan is the most proven player in the draft. the pick is an A for sure. E'Twaun has averaged at least 11 points per game since freshman year. improving every year. what a great draft
paul's a moron 06-24-2011 09:24 am (total posts: 1)
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Can someone tell Paul "idiot" Banks that "makes sense" isn't a grade and that he uses it for 80 percent of picks? "grades" are A, B, C, etc., with the plus or minus and they help you actually tell what he thought of the pick
Matt 06-23-2011 11:49 pm (total posts: 1)
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I have to say I don't like the pick. It's not that I don't think Johnson will be good, but I feel that it is too safe of a pick given were the Celtics are right now.

Johnson is the kind of guy you want to add to a team that is approaching championship level not leaving it. By taking Johnson Ainge seems to be saying that the team can still win championships (something I unfortunately question) & makes resigning Big Baby less likely.

I would have loved to have seen them take Jordan Hamilton. He is much more likely to bust than Johnson, but sitting behind Pierce & Ray would teach him a lot.

Plus he is one of the few players in this draft that could create his own shot off the bench allowing him to become the focal point of the 2nd unit. He is a guy that could become a superstar, it's not exactly likely, but since the Celtics are a championship caliber team on the decline I think it would have been worth the risk. I would have loved them to keep MarShon Brooks for the same reason although I think Hamilton would be the better fit.
Doug 06-23-2011 10:13 pm (total posts: 1)
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Love the JaJuan Johnson pick.

Rondo, Jeff Green, Johnson are a good start towards rebuilding the Celtics.

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