The Boston Celtics were just one game away from making the NBA Finals, but it’s time they realize they can no longer hope to compete for a title with their current core of players.
That is exactly why they must let Kevin Garnett walk this summer and not worry about being one of the teams vying for the 36-year-old’s services.
According to Buck Harvey of the San Antonio Express-News, the Spurs are at least one franchise that is highly interested in acquiring KG. There will be plenty of other suitors this offseason as well, meaning that the price for the Big Ticket is likely to be too steep for a team like Boston to pay.
The C’s are only on the books for approximately $34.5 million in 2012-13 and a number of players are set to become free agents, including Ray Allen, Jermaine O’Neal and KG.
There are only four guys certainly under contract for next season; meaning Boston has a real chance to begin rebuilding in earnest.
There is no point in general manager Danny Ainge throwing a ton of money at Garnett just to have him be the leader of a roster that must get younger this summer. There will be plenty of free agents hitting the open market that fit better with the direction that the Celtics must start heading.
Ainge would be wise to reserve his immense amounts of cap room and cash to make a play for some younger studs that have a chance to grow and become part of the future in Boston.
Garnett still has a productive year or two left in the tank, but he’s not going to win another title with Boston and it is time for the two parties to split.