The Boston Celtics came one game shy of the NBA FInals, but the question of what to do this offseason is still following them. Should they blow up their team and rebuild around young stars like Rajon Rondo and Avery Bradley, or should they stay the course with the Big 3 and try one last title run.
Watching the Celtics take on the Miami Heat, there are two players that Boston must decide on. Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen. Garnett showed his age during the season, but played incredibly during the playoffs. For a player who is the only post presence on defense, Garnett played great during the playoffs. Allen however struggled with bone spurs and averaged only 10.7 points during the Celtics playoff run. It is also reported that his relationship with Rondo became strained by the end of the season.
With Paul Pierce under contract for next season and Rondo proving he is one of the top point guards in the league, Allen and Garnett are the Celtics big question this offseason. In my opinion, Garnett should be pursued harder than Allen.
Garnett gained steam as the season progressed, even though he was asked to play a position, center, which is not his natural position. If the Celtics could get a quality center next to him, he would be able to save some energy on the defensive end, while still producing around 20 points per game.
Former Celtics center Kendrick Perkins stated recently that Garnett would not want to play with any other coach besides Doc Rivers.
Allen on the other hand could find a team that would appreciate his skills more than Boston. With the emergence of Avery Bradley and the possible return of Jeff Green, Boston should have a nice core of wing players. Allen has proven over the years that he can contribute to an established team, but he has run out his stay in Boston. A team like Oklahoma City or Memphis could use his shooting touch for their playoff runs next season.
So should the Celtics rebuild or try once more? At this point, it’s a mixture of both. If they keep Garnett and Green, their two main goals should be finding a scorer to take the pressure off Pierce, and finding a center to take the low post pressure off Garnett. With two-thirds of the Big 3 still in Boston and Rondo emerging as the best passer in the game, the Celtics should be ready to make yet another title run.