After last season's loss to the Miami Heat in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals, most NBA experts were ready to declare the window closed on the Celtics' championship aspirations. Two of the Celtics stars (PF/C Kevin Garnett and SG Ray Allen) faced impending free agency, with a third (SF Paul Pierce) rumored to be considering retirement. It felt like the end of an era, with more than a few rebuilding years to come.
Somehow, GM Danny Ainge managed a flurry of bold moves on a tight budget, prying that window back open for at least one more run.
The most important of his offseason moves was the re-signing of Garnett, who agreed to a three-year, $34 million deal. That was the only move Ainge could make that would keep the Celtics in contention in the near future; as such, it's worth a solid A grade.
Once KG was signed, the rest of the team began to fall into place, with Ainge looking to improve upon a bench that struggled to score throughout last season. In the following slides, we'll grade the five biggest Celtics offseason trades/signings (besides the signing of KG) and evaluate Ainge's attempt to reload the Celtics for one more shot at the NBA title.