The Boston Celtics are just a few wins away from winning their second NBA title in three years as they seem to be giving their archrivals and defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers a run for their money, but the future of the team is still very much up in the air as things could look different next season and for the foreseeable future.
The two biggest questions the Boston Celtics will be asked this offseason will be whether or not to keep sharp shooter Ray Allen and head coach Doc Rivers.
Obviously, even if the Boston Celtics do lose to the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA Finals, head coach Doc Rivers will be staying in Boston until he decides to retire or go elsewhere, but Ray Allen on the other hand could be on his way out sooner rather than later.
In game two of the NBA Finals, Ray Allen had perhaps the best game of his NBA career as he hit a record eight three pointers while scoring a game-high 32 points and leading the Celtics to victory over the Lakers on their home floor at the Staples Center.
With this impressive NBA record performance by Allen, the hall of fame caliber player seemed be a foregone conclusion to sign with the Boston Celtics this summer, but after two miserable performances, things may have changed.
Personally, I can’t see Ray Allen signing with any other team in the league next season as it would be perfect to go out on top with the only team that has really embraced him and been successful with during his career.
Before the NBA trade deadline back in mid-February, the Boston Celtics and GM Danny Ainge were working on a deal to trade Ray Allen elsewhere as he would be worth nothing to the team if he left through free agency this summer. Amare Stoudemire of the Phoenix Suns was going through a similar situation this past regular season as Suns GM Steve Kerr was shopping their superstar around before Amare could leave the team July 1st.
Fortunately for Ray Allen, the Boston Celtics didn’t trade the former All-Star and as a result they have been able to reach the NBA Finals for the second time in three years.
Even though Allen is still a major piece to the puzzle for the Boston Celtics and will be for the foreseeable future, but I won’t be surprised to see the team pass on signing him this offseason if his poor play in the NBA Finals persists.
Despite some people believing the maybe the Boston Celtics should part ways with the sharp shooter this summer, head coach Doc Rivers has said that he would love to see Ray-Ray stay in Boston and not test free agency on July 1st.
Obviously, it remains to be seen whether or not Ray Allen will stay in Boston for the foreseeable future or to finish out his career, but I am betting he will retire as a member of the Boston Celtics.