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Not everyone is as fortunate as the Thunder. The Celtics return their core – veterans Rajon Rondo, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett and coach Doc Rivers – but have just two other players under contract: Jermaine O’Neal and unproven guard Avery Bradley. The team has eight free agents, including forwards Jeff Green and Glen Davis. Boston also has a pair of rookies who could compete for roster spots.
In past years, the Celtics players usually started working out together at the team’s practice facility a month before training camp. That wasn’t possible this season because of the lockout – though not everyone views it as a negative.
“It might help us,” Rondo said. “Fresher legs. Not as much wear and tear without [a normal] training camp.”
It's a bit crazy to talk about what will happen once the lockout ends, but what else are we to do? I cannot spend another moment analyzing the negotiations.
Once we have an agreement, the NBA offseason will go into warp speed mode. The free agency period will be condensed into two weeks. And you thought owners doled out bad contracts in past seasons? If you blink on a free agent, chances are he'll sign with another team.
I have faith in Danny Ainge. Sure he's had some bad moves, but I'll put his track record up against most GMs.
I'm not buying Rondo's fresh legs theory. The KG-era Celtics have started strong. It's the midway point of the season that kills them. I can only pray a condensed schedule will be kind.
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