10 Things the Boston Celtics Need To Do This Off Season
With many issues and decisions to make this off season, the Celtics have a very exciting few months coming up.
Ray Allen might not come back, Paul Pierce might opt out, Doc has to decide his future with the team and when the off season begins the Celtics will have five players on their roster. So what should they do?
Here are 10 things that need to get done.
Convince Doc to come back
Next to Phil Jackson (who also may not be back next year) there may not be a better coach in the league. Doc is a very disciplined coach whose mentality of team defense above all else is a strategy that has worked so well for the Celtics over the last few years.
That being said, they just let go their assistant and with him gone the thought of loosing Doc would be the biggest blow to the Celtics; more so then Ray Allen, and more so then Paul Pierce.
He is the most important person on that team, and not re-signing him would be devastating.
Let Allen and Pierce Go
Yes Pierce can stay, and yes he has been the face of Boston for a decade now, but the $21 million dollars he is getting next year should he stay is way too much for the Celtics to afford.
Should they keep Pierce their team salary is already over the cap, but without him they have the ability to sign some players this off season.
He has been the heart and soul of the Celtics for so long, and the day he is no longer in a Celtics uniform will be felt around New England. He has had a stellar career, but the Celtics organization should learn from the first "Big Three" that holding on to players can ruin a team.
Ray Allen showed us two things during the finals. He is the best shooter in NBA history. He also showed us that he can no longer be consistent.
After an incredible game 2 he did not show up for the rest of the series. Yes he did do an amazing job on Kobe, but they needed him to shoot late in game 7 and he could not.
The point is keeping these two would prove to be very costly in their check books.
Re-sign Tony Allen and Nate Robinson
Tony Allen was the James Poesy for the Celtics this year. He was their best bench player on defense.
With the departure of Ray Allen the Celtics could certainly use two guards, and Tony Allen is good. He is great defensively, and should he make the starting lineup as him and Rondo running the floor would be very exciting to watch.
The other guy they need to sign is Nate Robinson. He is a huge spark off the bench and an excellent shooter. They need someone to come off of the bench and shoot threes and spark the offense.
Make KG a player Coach
Kevin Garnett has helped completely transform the Celtics into the team they are today. His intensity and defensive leadership has resonated through every player on the team.
With the possibility of Doc not coming back, maybe enticing him to stay would be the comfort of knowing KG has his back.
This would also greatly help KG in giving him something to do while he sits on the bench. He should have less minutes with his fragile body, and he could be a very useful coach behind who ever is coach.
If Doc decides to leave and they hire someone outside the organization then KG would be able to help a new coach understand the Celtic way.
Sign Rudy Gay
The Celtics biggest challenge at this point is age. They need to get younger, and Rudy Gay would be a perfect fit.
He is only 23 years old, and a very good up and coming star. He had 19.6 ppg last year with 5.9 rebounds.
He would give much needed scoring to a team that may not have much left next year in that area. He would give length to a team that could not rebound as well as they would have liked. He also gives energy to a team that has been beat up lately.
The Celtics desperately need a star to stay in contention and that's what he is. It makes sense to me. They would have the money to do so, and it just works.
Sign Channing Frye
Channing Frye showed us this postseason that he can have extraordinary moments. He is a big man at 6'11" and could be a very viable player should Perkins not be able to start the year, or KG get injured.
He is a good free throw shooter and a very good shooter from beyond the arc. I think with Rondo he could be a very good player to have.
All in all I do not think the Celtics can sit on the sidelines this off season. They need to make moves.