As another NBA season comes and goes, now is the time for each and every one of the 30 teams to make the critical decisions that has their future success hanging in the balance.
In what should be another interesting offseason, I see no better place to start than with my Boston Celtics.
To me, the entire outlook to the Boston Celtic's off-season plans is based on one, simple question: Do the Boston Celtics have a viable chance to win the 2010 championship?
Like most fans, I am someone who wants my team to go for it. I respect what Danny Ainge did two years ago to acquire Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett. It was a gutsy move, that eventually paid off for the franchise.
That said, I think this is the time for the Boston Celtics to start rebuilding.
Cleveland and Orlando are here to stay. They are young, well-coached, and quite frankly, better than the Boston Celtics. They will both look to improve in the off-season, and their young players will continue to develop.
Mix this, with the aging, injury-prone Boston Celtics' roster, and their 2010 title aspirations are not very realistic.
While this will be a tough pill for Danny Ainge and the rest of the Celtics' organization and fans to swallow, it is necessary.
Even if the C's are able to muster the cash and ability to sign a free agent that could help solidify the bench, it appears to be a lost cause at this point. I love Chris Andersen, but bringing a player like him to the Celtics is just making them closer, but not over the hump.
For those fans out there that can relate a little better with a food analogy, I'll try to paint a little picture for you.
It's like if you have a really good chocolate sauce-that you paid a lot of money for. You're going to want to wait for equally high-quality ice cream to use the chocolate sauce.
If you use that chocolate sauce on freezer-burned ice cream, it will make the ice cream taste better, but in the end, you will be disappointed you wasted that great chocolate sauce on poor ice cream. That delicious, high-quality chocolate sauce represents someone like Chris Andersen, and that freezer-burned ice cream represents the current Celtics roster.
What it boils down to, is that signing role player free-agents is all about timing. Signing James Posey came at the opportune time: when the Celtics were in position for winning it all.
Now, the Celtics are more than a Andersen away from winning the championship in 2010, and signing him this offseason would only dig the franchise into a deeper hole for the future. If they were to rebuild now, it would be a much shorter process, and they would be back on a winning path in less time.
So now, if the Celtics were to rebuild, where do they turn? I'm not going to propose hypothetical moves, simply because the logistics are too hard to work out at this point.
However, looking at the roster, there is a developing core of young player the Celtics can build around. Rajon Rondo and Kendrick Perkins look like sure-fire young players who will be back next year ready to step into bigger roles. Between those two and Paul Pierce as the main scoring threat, that takes up three out the five potential starting spots for next year.
This leaves Allen and Garnett. The decision to move one or both comes down to: 1. How easy they would be to move, and 2. How much they could get in return. With the reeling economy, these are two legitimate concerns for Boston.
While I think moving both of them to potentially get a Blake Griffin would be a tremendous move, this is a dream rather than a realistic prospect.
What is more realistic, is moving one, and keeping the other. A player of this caliber, would certainly bring good, young talent in return. When that is combined with the young talent, and solid veterans, the Celtics could have a successful year in 2010 and be in a rebuilding stage at the same time.
Whether it means making a big deal to get a top prospect in this month's draft, or re-signing Glen Davis and begin to build around their young players on the current roster, it is time to rebuild for the Boston Celtics.