Pieces Boston Celtics Must Acquire to Become a True Contender

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Pieces Boston Celtics Must Acquire to Become a True Contender
Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

It may be a difficult reality for diehard Boston Celtics fans to accept but as currently constructed, the C's are simply not a championship contender. It would be easy to simply blame injuries and unfamiliarity, but the truth is that Boston needs to make some roster changes if it wants to contend once more with the current core.

Given the Celtics lack of cap room and financial flexibility, signing one of the 2013 offseason's marquee free agents is practically impossible, but that does not mean this team cannot improve this summer. With the exception of the final move listed on this slideshow, all of the moves I've listed would be possible in some form without getting rid of Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce

Offense and rebounding may be the main areas of concern for Boston after their disheartening first-round loss to the New York Knicks, but there are other areas that the Celtics must look to address before they can reclaim their status as a member of the league's elite.

No single move listed here will turn Boston back into contenders overnight, but some combination of them will go a long way towards setting up another title run.

Note: In most of the situations I discuss, Pierce and KG would return for one final season together.

Contract information courtesy of Hoopsworld.com

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