Commentary

Celtics: Take 'em or leave 'em?

Updated: June 11, 2012, 11:27 AM ET
By Chris Forsberg | ESPNBoston.com

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.

MANAGEMENT

Kevin Garnett

Position: PF
Forsberg: Resurgent second half upped value; Worth every penny to bring back. Bring back.

Your call

  •  
    96%
  •  
    4%

(Total votes: 24,154)

Ray Allen

Position: SG
Forsberg: Five-year run for Big Three was fun to watch; Time to move on. Let go.

Your call

  •  
    56%
  •  
    44%

(Total votes: 24,802)

Jeff Green

Position: SF
Forsberg: Before heart ailment, he factored heavily into Boston's 2012 plans. Bring back.

Your call

  •  
    85%
  •  
    15%

(Total votes: 22,539)

Keyon Dooling

Position: PG
Forsberg: Locker room presence alone is worth minimum deal; Played well when healthy. Bring back.

Your call

  •  
    73%
  •  
    27%

(Total votes: 20,931)

Mickael Pietrus

Position: SF
Forsberg: If he gets his knee healthy, he could be even more productive at the right price. Bring back.

Your call

  •  
    20%
  •  
    80%

(Total votes: 21,283)

Chris Wilcox

Position: PF
Forsberg: Probably will not be ready at season's start, but might be a guy to add later. Let go.

Your call

  •  
    34%
  •  
    66%

(Total votes: 20,405)

Marquis Daniels

Position: SG
Forsberg: Never quite got back to pre-spine injury form in 2012. Let go.

Your call

  •  
    32%
  •  
    68%

(Total votes: 20,382)

Ryan Hollins

Position: C
Forsberg: Potential is there, but Boston should seek upgrade. Let go.

Your call

  •  
    69%
  •  
    31%

(Total votes: 19,969)

Sasha Pavlovic

Position: SF
Forsberg: Ready when his number was called, but rarely got his number called. Let go.

Your call

  •  
    12%
  •  
    88%

(Total votes: 19,803)

J. O'Neal

Position: C
Forsberg: Two years were an absolute disaster. Let go.

Your call

  •  
    9%
  •  
    91%

(Total votes: 20,377)

RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS

Greg Stiemsma

Position: C
Forsberg: Showed he belongs in NBA, now he just needs to get those feet healthy. Bring back.

Your call

  •  
    89%
  •  
    11%

(Total votes: 16,113)

PLAYERS UNDER CONTRACT FOR 2012-13

Paul Pierce

Position: SF
Forsberg: If core returns, Pierce is back. Trade or amnesty potential if C's go massive overhaul. Keep.

Your call

  •  
    8%
  •  
    92%

(Total votes: 16,334)

Rajon Rondo

Position: PG
Forsberg: It would be nice if leader of team was spared from trade rumors this summer. Keep.

Your call

  •  
    97%
  •  
    3%

(Total votes: 16,349)

Brandon Bass

Position: PF
Forsberg: Bargain at $4.25 million player option, but Celtics should run from a bidding war. Keep.

Your call

  •  
    94%
  •  
    6%

(Total votes: 15,936)

Avery Bradley

Position: SG
Forsberg: Can't help but wonder if ECF would have been different with him healthy. Keep.

Your call

  •  
    97%
  •  
    3%

(Total votes: 15,520)

JaJuan Johnson

Position: F
Forsberg: Plenty of potential, summer ball will give us glimpse of yearlong development. Keep.

Your call

  •  
    27%
  •  
    73%

(Total votes: 14,969)

UNDER CONTRACT (NON-GUARANTEED)

E'Twaun Moore

Position: G
Forsberg: Confident young scorer who held active spot throughout playoffs. Keep.

Your call

  •  
    72%
  •  
    28%

(Total votes: 13,683)

Sean Williams

Position: PF
Forsberg: Hit the roster space lottery and got to enjoy a run to the ECF. Let go.

Your call

  •  
    17%
  •  
    83%

(Total votes: 13,625)

Management

Doc Rivers

Position: Coach
Forsberg: Other teams would love him, but he's not going anywhere. Keep.

Your call

  •  
    99%
  •  
    1%

(Total votes: 14,875)

Danny Ainge

Position: GM
Forsberg: Has big $$ to spend, but will there be talent to splurge on? Keep.

Your call

  •  
    17%
  •  
    83%

(Total votes: 14,423)


Chris Forsberg

Celtics reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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