Celtics: Take 'em or leave 'em?
With the playoff run over, the work begins for the Celtics as one of the most interesting offseasons in recent history gets under way.
Free agency begins July 11, at which time Danny Ainge will have to decide whether to break up the core and go in a new direction or bring his key players back for one more rodeo. The team has just five players under contract for next season, which means turnover is inevitable. Perhaps the biggest decisions are whether to bring back Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen.
Here's where you come in. Step in Ainge's shoes and tell us which Celtics you'd bring back and which ones you'd send packing. Then tell us why in the comments section.
Forsberg: Resurgent second half upped value; Worth every penny to bring back. Bring back.
Forsberg: Five-year run for Big Three was fun to watch; Time to move on. Let go.
Forsberg: Before heart ailment, he factored heavily into Boston's 2012 plans. Bring back.
Forsberg: Locker room presence alone is worth minimum deal; Played well when healthy. Bring back.
Forsberg: If he gets his knee healthy, he could be even more productive at the right price. Bring back.
Forsberg: Probably will not be ready at season's start, but might be a guy to add later. Let go.
Forsberg: Never quite got back to pre-spine injury form in 2012. Let go.
Forsberg: Potential is there, but Boston should seek upgrade. Let go.
Forsberg: Ready when his number was called, but rarely got his number called. Let go.
Forsberg: Two years were an absolute disaster. Let go.
RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS
Forsberg: Showed he belongs in NBA, now he just needs to get those feet healthy. Bring back.
PLAYERS UNDER CONTRACT FOR 2012-13
Forsberg: If core returns, Pierce is back. Trade or amnesty potential if C's go massive overhaul. Keep.
Forsberg: It would be nice if leader of team was spared from trade rumors this summer. Keep.
Forsberg: Bargain at $4.25 million player option, but Celtics should run from a bidding war. Keep.
Forsberg: Can't help but wonder if ECF would have been different with him healthy. Keep.
Forsberg: Plenty of potential, summer ball will give us glimpse of yearlong development. Keep.
UNDER CONTRACT (NON-GUARANTEED)
Forsberg: Confident young scorer who held active spot throughout playoffs. Keep.
Forsberg: Hit the roster space lottery and got to enjoy a run to the ECF. Let go.
Forsberg: Other teams would love him, but he's not going anywhere. Keep.
Forsberg: Has big $$ to spend, but will there be talent to splurge on? Keep.
- Where Things Stand With Revis
- The Patriots are expected to cut Darrelle Revis before free agency kicks off Tuesday. After that, the chess game begins.