Boston Celtics heading towards a youth movement this off-season?

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Despite coming within a game of advancing to the NBA Finals, the Boston Celtics are approaching a potential crossroads this off-season with veterans Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen hitting the free agent market.  The question facing the C’s front office is to re-sign their veterans or look towards the future.

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Applying the Allan Houston Rule to NBA Atlantic Division Teams in 2011

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One of the topics expected to be discussed during the pending NBA Lockout is the possible revival of The Allan Houston Rule.  When a new CBA was agreed upon in 2005, it allowed NBA teams a one time opportunity to waive a player and not have his contract count against the luxury tax teams have to pay if their team salary exceeds a pre-determined amount set by the league.  The released player becomes a free agent but his salary still gets paid and counts against his former team’s salary cap.  Ironically enough, Allan Houston was not a victim of The Allan Houston Rule.  The Knicks instead decided to waive Jerome Williams.

If the new CBA once again invokes this clause, most teams will probably take advantage since it would save them possibly tens of millions of dollars.  To keep up with the times, we will change the name of this from “The Allan Houston Rule” to the “Rashard Arenas Rule” since Rashard Lewis and Gilbert Arenas easily have the two worst contracts in the league.  Allow me to break down each team and who would end up being the casualties of this rule.  Here is the Atlantic Division.

By: David Kay

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Aging Celtics In Need of Depth This Off-Season

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Like we are currently seeing in the NFL, the 2011 NBA off-season is up in the air with a lockout looming.  Free agency could be delayed and completely restructured depending on the new agreement reached by the owners and players.  Still, The Sports Bank continues to break down all thirty NBA teams to see what areas they need to address in the off-season.

The Boston Celtics enter the off-season with only six players under contract for next season.  They must find some depth this summer to prevent their small, remaining window of being among the elite in the league from slamming shut.

By: David Kay

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Boston Celtics: The Forgotten Eastern Conference Team?

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It is hard to believe a team that played for the NBA title last season has flown under the radar like the Boston Celtics have this off-season.  I guess that is what happens when LeBron, Wade, and Bosh join forces.  Tonight we will see the two Eastern Conference powers tip-off the season.

For the Celtics, it is a marathon not a sprint.  If they can stay healthy and hit their stride by the start of the post-season, Boston should contend with the Miami Heat for Eastern supremacy.

By: David Kay
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Shaq a Good Fit in Boston

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Shaq was one of two big name NBA free agents left on the market.  Now, Tracy McGrady is left all alone without a home.  The Diesel will take his huge body and declining game to the Boston Celtics in hopes of helping the aging team win another ring.  Is it a good move?  I think so.

By: David Kay
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