The Boston Celtics raised a banner and expectations with their championship run in 07'-08'. A second straight championship fell by the wayside with injuries to Kevin Garnett and Leon Powe hurting matters immensely. They have a great opportunity to come back and claim the title this upcoming season. What follows is an analysis of important questions they face this offseason.
One.) Will Kevin Garnett be healthy for 09'-10'?
This is the major concern for Boston this offseason. Boston has little hope of returning to glory if Garnett doesn't return to his old form. Garnett has never suffered a major injury in his career, and while Boston brass states he will be ready, there is no certainty that a player over 30 regains his form after a knee injury. If he can't, Boston is in big trouble.
Two.) Do they make a major move on draft night?
There has been some speculation that Rajon Rondo and Ray Allen are on the trading block. While no one is untrade-able, I would have to be blown away by an offer to move either of these guys at this time. Boston played with tremendous heart and energy these past two seasons, and their team chemistry appears to be great.
I don't see the need to shuffle the deck. Boston should add to what they already have. Danny Ainge has the 58th selection in the draft, and has found capable players such as Glen "Big Baby" Davis, Leon Powe, and Ryan Gomes late in the draft. Don't be shocked if he finds someone who can make the roster.
Three.) What to do in free agency?
Glen "Big Baby" Davis and Leon Powe are both free agents and have played themselves towards lucrative contracts. Davis stepped up his game in the postseason without Garnett available, while Powe was a serviceable player until injuring his knee.
Powe will likely not be ready for game action until midseason. Frontcourt depth was a problem this past postseason, so Boston should look to sign Davis. They should take a look at resigning Powe or a veteran with the mid-level exception.
Four.) Will Boston clear cap space to make a run at a big free agent?
Boston appears to have the flexibility to make a run at a big name free agent after this season. Ray Allen and his 19 million dollar contract will be coming off the books, as will Brain Scalabrine's 3.4 million dollar contract.
There is a possibility that Allen gets moved somewhere, as he is an attractive player due to his ability and the fact that he has an expiring contract. The salary cap will increase to 58.68 million dollars this season, the likely final season of the second coming of the Big Three.