Boston Celtics: How C's Can Retool Without Rebuilding

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Boston Celtics: How C's Can Retool Without Rebuilding
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The Boston Celtics came up just short of an NBA Finals appearance in 2012. Now general manager Danny Ainge faces an ultimatum—blow the team up or bolster for another playoff run. The odds are against the C's, but there's reason to believe the team can reorganize without starting from scratch.

Boston proved that age is only a number this year. But unfortunately, salaries are another number that's become a concern. The contracts of Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett are coming off the books. Consequently, the Celtics' future is up in the air.

According to ESPN.com, only six players are currently under contract for next season: Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo, JaJuan Johnson, E'twaun Moore, Sean Williams and Avery Bradley. With fresh cap space to play with, fair market signings could revamp the squad for a 2013 playoff run.

That being said, here is how the Celtics can retool without rebuilding.

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