My previous article was before Game 6 of the NBA Finals, saying no matter what happened that this was the Celtics' last run. After two road losses, The Celtics left LA with nothing to show for this season. This leaves Celtics fans asking: What Now?
First, I will go through The Big Three:
Kevin Garnett: While he is locked up 'till 2012, (correct me if I'm wrong) there are two scenarios where he leaves Boston: The first scenario, and probably the least likely is him retiring. I personally don't see him hanging up the sneakers just yet, but he is 34. The other scenario is if Allen and Pierce were to leave, Garnett would ask for a trade and his wish would be granted. He seems as the most likely of the Big 3 to stay.
Ray Allen: Many had him being traded at the trade deadline but that didn't happen. Now, Allen is a free agent. Like Garnett, Allen could also retire but I doubt it. You'd think he'll wait it out and see what happens before making a decision. I'd say he is the most likely to leave out of The Big Three.
Paul Pierce: He has always been a Celtic. With a player option, I would be shocked to see Pierce in any other uniform. You never know, but he (like Garnett) is a safe bet to stay.
Rajon Rondo and Kendrick Perkins are the other two starters. They are both under contract and are the Celtics' young future. Nothing will take either one of these two out of a Celtic uniform. They are safe.
Now for the bench: Glen Davis and Brian Scalabrine are under contract and are not in retirement age. A trade for either seems unlikely, so they are safe.
Rasheed Wallace: Wallace signed a three year deal before this season and a trade is doubtful. However, he is said to be pondering retirement. It's difficult to tell, but my gut says Sheed has played his last NBA game.
Nate Robinson: A mid-season trade landed him in Beantown. He seems to like Boston, but with starting opportunities elsewhere, he is sure to be out the door.
Tony Allen: Another free agent that may be able to start elsewhere. With his lock down defense he will be a wanted man. This is about 50-50, with me leaning towards him staying, but this could go either way.
Marquis Daniels: He has one year deal written all over him. He wants to win a championship before callin' it quits. My guess is that he will once again have a new team.
Sheldon Williams: The former number five pick has been on multiple teams. Another free agent, he could probably get a bit more playing time in another NBA city.
This leaves me to Doc Rivers. He's been on TV before and wants more family time. He realizes this team is going to be changing. It's safe to say Danny Ainge will be conducting a coaching search.
Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Rajon Rondo, Kendrick Perkins, Big Baby, Brian Scalabrine and Tony Allen.
Ray Allen, Rasheed Wallace, Nate Robinson, Marquis Daniels, Sheldon Williams and Doc Rivers.
Thanks for reading and comment if you wish.