The Boston Celtics looked primed for a rebuild after they fell just short of a Finals berth last season.
Instead, GM Danny Ainge made all the right moves, and turned the impending rebuild into a reload.
There were plenty of questions about the future of the Cs following a tough Game 7 loss to the eventual NBA champion Miami Heat. PF Kevin Garnett and SG Ray Allen, two of the centerpieces of the Cs "Big Three" title run in 2008, both faced free agency. SF Paul Pierce, the Celtics' franchise player since 1998, was rumored to be considering retirement after the 2012 campaign.
Ainge managed to bring back Garnett on a three-year, $39 million deal, and Pierce decided to stay on through the end of his contract next season. Allen did ultimately defect to the rival Heat, but the Celtics made a series of shrewd moves to replace him. With major budget constraints, Ainge somehow managed to add depth and firepower to a team that severely lacked scoring off the bench.
Now, a Celtics team that many figured would be dismantled after last season returns with added depth and talent.
It's clear that the re-signing of Garnett was the most important offseason move. Let's take a look at the rest of their major acquisitions and see which player will play the biggest role next year (in ascending order of impact).