The season will end, and the Celtics will have either won or lost a championship. Labor negotiations will ensue, and a lockout may or may not occur. And Danny Ainge, as he does every season, will have some serious decisions to make.
Glen Davis, Nenad Krstic, Delonte West, Von Wafer, Sasha Pavlovic, Troy Murphy, and Carlos Arroyo will all become unrestricted free agents this summer. While some of those players don’t figure to be part of Boston’s future, others (notably, Davis, Krstic and West) do — at least at the right price.
Davis recently spoke to the Boston Globe about his contract situation, and did not sound like a man who’s entirely against leaving Boston (in all fairness, he does not sound like a man desperate to leave Boston either).
“You just want to play everything out,’’ Davis said about potentially leaving Boston. “But you have to understand the business part of it, so when it happens you’re not alarmed and you’re not shocked.
“I love playing for the Celtics. If it changes, it changes. Where you start out at, you always want to stay there. The Celtics gave me an opportunity to show my talents.’’
But nothing can happen until a new CBA is negotiated. And the sides are so far apart, many league insiders expect a lockout, leaving Davis in limbo.
“You can’t change it,’’ he said. “Hopefully it works out for the best. That’s how I approach it. At the end of the day, when you play basketball, it’s still going to be in the NBA.’’
Jeff Green will become a restricted free agent, which could serve to keep his price down. But he reportedly wants a contract north of the money Kendrick Perkins received in Oklahoma City — four years, $35 million. Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen will enter the last seasons of their contract next season, and the Celtics will have to rebuild (or, hopefully, reload) for the future at some point soon. They might look at Green as a building block for the future, though we could certainly argue whether he deserves that type of consideration.
Boston’s nucleus will still be signed for next season. But that doesn’t make Ainge’s decisions on the roster’s periphery any less important, especially considering the future impact on Boston’s post-Big Three rebuilding.
Extra link: Zach Lowe breaks down Boston’s post-trade defense. He does a great job, though I would more forcefully add how Boston’s defense performed slightly better with Shaq than it did with Perkins… you know, in case Shaq ever gets healthy.