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On paper, the L.A. Lakers have six free agents and the Boston Celtics have 10. Yet the 10 free agents for the Celtics are far more significant than those who will have expiring contracts in L.A.
These are the nine players for the Celtics set to become free agents:
Ray Allen - $ 10 million (2011-12 Salary)
Kevin Garnett - $21.2 million
Brandon Bass - $ 4 million
Jeff Green - Out for Season
Ryan Hollins - $ 300,812
Sasha Pavlovic - $ 1.2 million
Mickael Pietrus = $ 1.2 million
Greg Stiemsma - $762,195
Marquis Daniels - $1.2 million
Keyon Dooling - $ 2.2 million
Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett and Jeff Green all headline the list of players that will be off the team's payroll. Granted they will likely re-sign both Garnett and Green, the team still saves at least $10 million without signing Allen.
It is difficult to see the Celtics retaining more than four to five players from this list, as there is no question they will be able to make some big-time moves to the frontcourt in the 2012 free agency period.