There is a giant question mark sitting in front of the Boston Celtics this offseason as no one knows what the makeup of the team will be when the season begins in October. For the second straight year everyone is wondering if we’ve seen the last of the Big 3 in Boston, and as free agency rapidly approaches, the questions aren’t getting answered.
According to the Boston Herald, despite comments from reporters like Jackie MacMullan and Celtics general manager Danny Ainge, neither Kevin Garnett nor head coach Doc Rivers have verbally or publicly committed to returning to the team next season.
Meanwhile, there has still been no final decision on next season communicated from either Doc Rivers, who continues to work with the team on next year’s roster, or Kevin Garnett, who, it is hoped, is out in California removing the weary from his body and mind. Nor have the Celts made a final call on Paul Pierce…
The Herald goes on to state the in regards to Pierce’s situation, the Celtics must be traded within the next 23 days or Boston will have to buy him out at $5 million or give him $15.3 million guaranteed next season. Boston doesn’t seem willing to pay that money and Pierce doesn’t want to be part of a rebuilding process.
In fact, none of the Celtics stars are really interested in being a part of the rebuilding process and that may include Doc Rivers. Rajon Rondo is the future of the franchise but Danny Ainge would have to build around him and that’s something both Garnett and Pierce know. It’s not that they don’t want to help the young Celtics, it’s that they’ve earned the right to finish their careers on contenders.
So here we sit, more than a month into the Celtics offseason and we don’t seem to be any closer to getting answers out of Boston’s Big 3. They seem to be biding their time but with the clock ticking on Paul Pierce’s situation, decisions might begin rolling in sooner rather than later.