The Boston Celtics find themselves falling just short of making a third straight Eastern Conference finals appearance in four seasons, as LeBron James and the Miami Heat closed out the Celtics 4-1 in the second round of the 2011 NBA playoffs.
Throughout the series, a lack of bench production and inconsistent play from the Big Three were the deciding factor in the series, as Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, and James would make the Celtics pay down the stretch. In the fifth and final game of the series, the Heat would close out the game on a 16-0 run, taking Game 5 from the Celtics 97-87.
With the offseason now beginning for this Celtics team, President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge and the front office will have their hands full with decisions to make over the next several months. Ten of the Celtics 15 players are currently free agents, with nine of the 10 listed as unrestricted free agents.
Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Rajon Rondo, Jermaine O'Neal, and shooting guard Avery Bradley are the only players currently under contract with the Celtics going into the 2011-2012 season.
Who will stay and who will go? Here are each of the Celtics free agents this offseason and analysis as to which players will stay in Boston and who will find a home elsewhere.