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After the Boston Celtics posted an embarrassing 15-17 record at the All-Star break, many believed that Danny Ainge should’ve, without hesitation, pulled the plug on the ‘Big Four’ experiment and start from scratch.
This summer, after yet another incredible playoff run, the experiment that has yielded some pretty impressive results may actually be over for good.
Along with numerous other Celtics players, two of the Celtics’ most prominent players, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen, will be unrestricted free agents this summer.
Needless to say, the Celtics organization will have to make a number of vital decisions regarding the future of their franchise.
The Celtics need to decide whether they want to retain familiar pieces, sign younger talent, or both.
In order to remain competitive next season and in the future, the Celtics should choose the latter.
Holding on to Kevin Garnett—who has averaged 20 PPG and 10 RPG in the playoffs—will be key because he has proved that he is still one of the best offensive and defensive power forwards in the NBA.
It may be time for the Celtics to let the aging Ray Allen go and make a run at one of the younger free agents on the market.
While they are both restricted free agents, the Celtics should make a run at signing either Roy Hibbert or Eric Gordon.
Imagine a lineup consisting of Rajon Rondo, Paul Pierce, Garnett, and Hibbert, or Rondo, Gordon, Pierce, and Garnett.
Both seem pretty formidable.
And, don’t forget, Jeff Green may be back next season too.