Is the End Near for the Celtics? Boston's 2010 Offseason Outlook

Matt WagnerCorrespondent IIJune 22, 2010

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 17:  Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers drives between Ray Allen #20, Kevin Garnett #5 and Paul Pierce #34 of the Boston Celtics in the third quarter of Game Seven of the 2010 NBA Finals at Staples Center on June 17, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)
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The 2008 NBA Champion Boston Celtics will have an active off-season ahead of them.

Their top two players, Ray Allen and Paul Pierce, are going to be in the 2010 free agency frenzy along with Tony Allen and Nate Robinson if he chooses to opt out of his contract. That is a total of four key players they could potentially lose in the free agency period.

In addition, Boston's head coach, Doc Rivers' decision to leave the Celtics or return for a seventh season is still pending. Rivers has led Boston to one NBA championship in two NBA Finals appearances not to mention a 280-212 regular season record. That would obviously be a huge blow to the Celtics' elite status, as they would lose one of the best coaches in the NBA.

Along with the obstacles listed above, Doc Rivers believes that Rasheed Wallace, 35 and a key player in the 2010 NBA Finals, will retire. Wallace still has two years remaining on his current contract. If the Celtics lose Wallace, they will lose a key role player that can still step up in clutch situations when called upon.

As you can see, the Celtics have an abysmal off-season coming to them but if they do lose their key players they could use the 2010 free agency period as a lifeline. They have one of the more attractive teams and cities in the NBA along with one of the best up and coming point guards in Rajon Rondo.

To sum it all up, the Boston Celtics could have one of the worst off-seasons in recent memory. But they could save themselves with a little help from the plethora of elite players that are a part of the 2010 NBA free agency frenzy.

So we will see how things ultimately turn out this off-season, but the Celtics are one of the top teams to watch.