Found August 19, 2013 on NESN.com:
Just how bad the Celtics will be this season is subject to debate. The good news for their fans, however, is that the team might not need to remain in a state of mediocrity for very long. Immediately after the deal was disclosed to send Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry to Brooklyn, the knee-jerk reaction was that the Celtics would absolutely stink in 2013-14. Jeff Green, Jared Sullinger and a few other remaining Celtics players countered that their talent and pride would not allow that to happen. Other observers, like yours truly, believe the Celtics’ actual fate lies somewhere in the middle. Even if the Celtics do completely go into the tank — which is not the same as “tanking,” to be clear — the Green Team could be back in championship contention by 2016, if they play the payroll game right. Brett Pollakoff at ProBasketballTalk, with a big assist from Larry Coon, the foremost expert on the NBA’s collective bargaining agreement, points out that the “repeater” luxury tax p...
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