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NBA Free Agents 2011: Has Celtics' Window Closed Without a Major Move?

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Ryan KennedyAnalyst IIAugust 18, 2011

With Rajon Rondo's professional basketball skills hindering on the approval of President Obama and the current Big Three entering the twilight of their career, the best thing for the Boston Celtics might be for the 2011-12 season to be cancelled.

Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett have all showed signs of age and it will only get worse this year. The problem with the Celtics as currently constructed is that they lack true depth. The Chicago Bulls and Miami Heat do not need the same type of depth that the Celtics do, hence their success.

Derrick Rose, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade can all play a seven-game series averaging 45 minutes a game. That would likely kill any one of the Big Three.

This is not to say that the Celtics need to blow things up, but it is an idea. The Celtics need a youth infusion from the bench. They need someone that the Big Three can mentor.

Rondo has already grown into at least a peer to the Big Three. Almost to the extent that you can call it a Big Four. Rondo has matured as a leader and a playmaker and can run the offense without the guidance of the Celtics' old guard.

Outside of Rondo though the cupboard is pretty bare. Danny Ainge has a fascination with Jeff Green that can't be explained. At his best, Green is a third option, if the Big Three are gone, he is the first option, which is sad.

The Celtics need something this offseason and they have very little room in which to work with. They are presumably, over the cap with only six players currently signed. They have no true replacements for Allen and Garnett, although JaJuan Johnson could replace Garnett and they lack depth everywhere.

The Celtics seem like they are getting ready for one last run with the gang but last year might have truly been the last shot and they blew it by messing up their chemistry. Green looked lost, Shaq never made it back to be an inside presence and all hell broke loose when Rondo became a one-armed point guard.

Moving Garnett or Allen might be the only way the Celtics can re-build on the fly, otherwise this team has just become an older, more celebrated version of the Atlanta Hawks. A four-seed with no real championship dreams.

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