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Monday, September 27th, 2010 at 10:30 am  |  17 responses

The Boston Celtics’ 2-Year Window

Everyone in Beantown knows the clock is ticking — and rather loudly — which makes the next two seasons so critical. The Globe explains: “It was no coincidence that Celtics president Danny Ainge signed three free agents this summer to two-year contracts. The window for success with this current crew has been established, and June 2012 is the deadline. That’s when the mammoth contract of Kevin Garnett comes off the Celtics’ books, a cap relief of more than $21 million, leaving the deals of Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo, and Avery Bradley as the only ones remaining on the payroll. Then it will be time to rebuild. But for now, the Celtics might as well have ’2012’ plastered over the locker room door — like the ‘Play like a Champion Today’ sign the Notre Dame football team has. Each player should reach up and slap it for motivation, because that’s when the era of the Big Three likely will end. And nobody in the organization denies it. Ainge’s maneuvering will give the Celtics nearly $30 million in salary cap space in the summer of 2012, when the new collective bargaining agreement will be ratified and owners are expected to have more control over guaranteed contracts and revenue sharing. But enough of the futuristic talk. The time is now, and Ainge has no problem relaying that message to his team. ‘Well, we’ll enjoy the two seasons while we have them,’ Ainge said. ‘We’ll take it one season at a time. But right now, we’re doing all we can to win a championship right now. Our focus is just this year and we’ll worry about the following year next summer. I don’t think it’s added pressure. I think those guys know where they are in their careers. They know their window is short. They all know what opportunity lies ahead and there’s not a lot left for them.’”

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  • ENDS

    thats realistic people

  • JTaylor21

    Cuz when The Big Ticket is gone, it’s over for beantown.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    2012. They must have liked that movie.

  • Celtics fan

    NBA champs this year!

  • http://staticseth.blogspot.com Seth

    The rebuilding stage is probably going to sting, but hopefully they can remain competitive with Rondo. It’s too bad Al Jefferson had to go to Minny to bring KG over.

  • Javy

    I think the window is already closed with thick sheet rock and plywood!!
    Tony Allen was a huge asset.

  • Groves

    Build around Rondo

  • James

    It’ll probably be a 1-Year window, because chances are good the NBA is having a lockout next year.

  • vtrobot

    the window closed when the redhead left town. just messing around, they’ll win it all again this year. the rebuilding won’t be that bad. i like building around the PG best anyway.

  • Imani Smith

    Were winning the title this year baby! KG, Ray and paul all know that they need at least two rings to be in the conversation for best at there respective positons. In the words of Micheal Jordon, ” its easy to win one championship, the hard thing is winning two.”

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    Spurs will win. Or miami, but not boston

  • $tev3

    Really Tarzan? wHY THE sPURS
    Bos > SA all day

  • Purple Reign

    C’s fans are going to have wait another 22 years before they see they’re team win another championship. What franchise player will be available in the summer of 2012? Chris Paul maybe? But no way I see him going to beantown as long as Rondo is there and by then CPE will be so tired of losing and being in small market that he will want to go to a big market like NYC or LA. Kevin Durant just signed a new contract extension so unless Levin McHale somehow becomes the Thunder’s GM him & Danny Ainge won’t be able to do another dirty under the tale homeboy hook up trade like the pulled when KG got traded to beantown.

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    I like the Cs chances.. Over the summer they put together a team for now, not later.. When they do rebuild, hopefully they can keep Rondo to make the transition speedy.. Would like to see them grab a back-up 2 though..

  • flipnoyce

    Two years is not that long cause 2011 is just around the corner! The reason why the Celtics had a long drought is because of bad management. Bad trades after bad trades, blame Pitino for that. It won’t take that long to rebuild once the money is available believe that. $30 mil is alot on dough to work with. Who wouldn’t wanna play for the Celtics and bleed green. Can’t wait for the season to start after all we only got a 2yr window, so they say!!!!

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    cosign Tarzan, tiago splitter could be the guy who pushes the spurs over the top.

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