The Boston Celtics are done licking their wounds from a relatively embarrassing Eastern Conference playoff series loss to the Knicks that practically produced a role reversal of the Celtics' 2011 playoff sweep of the Knicks.
Now, general manager Danny Ainge is forced to contemplate whether or not to put the franchise into the hands of Jeff Green, who saved the team time and time again this past season while averaging 20.3 points and 5.3 rebounds in the playoffs.
If so, Paul Pierce would find himself in another team's jersey for the first time since joining the Celtics in 1998—back when "Gettin' Jiggy Wit It" was considered a hot new single.
A lot has happened since then for Pierce, including a NBA Finals MVP in 2008 when the Celtics raised banner No. 17 after picking up Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett.
Of course, a lot has happened since then, too.
The Celtics are coming off their worst season since 2007, as they conceded the Atlantic Division to the Knicks and got knocked out in the first round of the postseason.
Where they spend their money next year will be important, and many are convinced Pierce will not be worth $15.3 million next season.
Here's why they're wrong.