The Celtics made some waves re-signing free agent veteran Kevin Garnett to a three year deal with $34 Million. The move signals that Garnett is likely to retire a Celtic. With Paul Pierce likely in the same boat, that leaves only Ray Allen left to be re-signed to keep the Big 3 in tact. The Celtics, apparently, are not going to be rebuilding, and fans’ sentiments on the matter are undoubtedly mixed, but most fans do hope to avoid rebuilding processes, and re-signing KG and keeping the Big 3 in tact would delay rebuilding…
But will it keep the Celtics contenders?
Many say the Celtics never could have reached the Eastern Conference Finals if not for the injury to Bulls point guard Derrick Rose. But does that even matter? The Celtics took the eventual champions Miami to seven games, and a cold shooting night away from the NBA Finals. Even the Thunder were only able to milk 5 games out of series against LBJ and crew, so the Celtics could reasonably be dubbed the second best team in the Playoffs this year. But can that continue? Can the Celtics continue to build on that momentum with such an aged cast?
Garnett doesn’t appear to have a ton left in the tank. He struggles to finish around the basket and has lost all of the explosion he had in his younger days, or even just a few years ago for that matter. He gets his shots blocked now, and has to rely a lot more on his silky smooth mid range jumper. But does that warrant $11 Million a year for three seasons? That’s tough to say. The thing is, it is his market value. Teams would have paid for Garnett.
It really all comes down to whether or not the Celtics should have rebuilt. They could make another brilliant run and bring home another ring to Boston. That would make Danny Ainge look like a genius. They could remain competitive and continually fall short, while packing the stands, as Celtic faithful never waver in supporting a good team, or even a bad one. And that’s the real silver lining: Ainge looks brilliant either way.
Now, just to re-sign Brian Scalabrine.