May 3, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Celtics center Kevin Garnett (5) shakes hands with head coach Doc Rivers in the final seconds of play against the New York Knicks in game six of the first round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at TD Garden. The New York Knicks defeated the Celtics 88-80. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Boston Celtics on Paper: Offseason of secrecy

Could the Boston Celtics offseason situation become any more ambiguous?

If the Celtics were a young team, sliding into the playoffs and getting bounced by the New York Knicks in the first round would be cause for a bit of optimism going forward, but with their starting lineup older than dirt and hanging precariously off of the Celtics’ charm bracelet, the direction that Danny Ainge needs to move with the franchise is clear.

What isn’t as clear is what Ainge intends to do, and his capriciousness isn’t endearing him to the Celtics’ faithful, nor is Doc Rivers with his cold feet about returning to the bench for next season.

Make up your minds already?

The onus falls on Rivers, and he needs to come to grips with his future quickly – particularly if the rumors about a mutual interest exisiting between he and the Los Angeles Clippers are true, because if Doc goes, Ainge can then blow up the team and there’s our direction…

…but if Doc stays, the situation stays muddled and difficult personnel decisions will have to be made, because this team showed in 2012 that it can’t be anything more than a middle of the pack unit, contending for nothing but a low seed in the playoffs – which means that Garnett or Pierce – or both – will have to go because the team has seen the best they are going to get out of them, and it’s all in the rearview mirror.

If Doc goes to Los Angeles, there is every chance that at least KG will land there as well, and that leaves Pierce as a leftover.  Surrounded by solid talent, Pierce could still give you numbers, but he struggled as the guy and no one can be comfortable with that being the case going forward.

Whatever the case, leading up to the NBA draft on June 27th, we will be preparing our readers with mocks and editorials, our suggestions as to what the Celtics must do this offseason in order to be better than they were last season, with staying healthy on the top of that list…

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