The Boston Celtics have their work cut out for them this offseason.
Starting next month, the Celtics will have to make one important decision after another. They are decisions that will ultimately shape the next season...maybe even the next decade.
Needless to say, this will be one of the most significant summers in franchise history.
From the outside looking in, Boston’s 2012-13 campaign was rather disappointing.
On the heels of a valiant run to within one game of a third NBA Finals trip in five years, the team stumbled to a 41-40 regular-season record and the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference. In the first round, the Celtics were overpowered by the New York Knicks, succumbing in six games.
Record-wise, it was the team’s worst season since Kevin Garnett’s arrival in 2007. But it certainly shouldn’t be considered as much.
Following several key injuries, specifically to Rajon Rondo, Boston was considered down and out. Yet the team managed to regroup and put together a sensational effort even to make the playoffs. It was easily one of head coach Doc Rivers' best coaching jobs.
But while the run reflected the Celtics’ “never say die” attitude, it also exposed the team’s true identity: an over-the-hill squad with several gaping holes.
Now, in an offseason full of questions, general manager Danny Ainge and the Boston front office must quickly put the pieces of the puzzle together. They have plenty of tough decisions ahead of them.
Rivers took a little weight off of their shoulders, announcing that he will be returning next season, but work still remains to be done.