As the Boston Celtics season concludes, the obvious question, as it has been for seemingly the entire "Big Three" era, is just how much the franchise can get out of their veterans.
The Celtics have made investing in youth a larger point of emphasis, with the likes of Jeff Green, Avery Bradley and Jared Sullinger on the roster, but there is still a heavy offensive burden placed on the shoulders of three players at the age of 35 or older in Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry.
Going into the offseason, the main question is whether or not the Celtics pull off a significant move and begin rebuilding. Without Rondo in the postseason, the Celtics were first-round fodder to a New York Knicks team that put up a meager fight in their second-round series against the Indiana Pacers.
The Celtics were one of the worst offenses among the postseason teams, failing to score above 80 points in their first three postseason games and failing to break triple digits overall.
Garnett and Pierce continued to slide down the inevitable path of age and its circumstances, and it left the likes of Green to lead the inept offense. It was clear, even if Rondo was available, that Boston was not a championship contender and would most likely not be so even had their roster been fully healthy.
Boston's going to have to make moves to keep up. They are nearing the luxury tax threshold with a $75 million roster and are devoting nearly $30 million of that to two players at the ages of 35 and 37, while the point guard who makes $12 million per season was claimed to have actually held the Celtics back following his injury, according to HoopsHype.
Boston will be left with a lot of questions to answer this offseason, and they will see favorable, as well as unsightly, options to look at in favor of and against a possible rebuild this upcoming offseason.