5 Bold Predictions for the Boston Celtics’ 2014 Offseason

5 Bold Predictions for the Boston Celtics' 2014 Offseason

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The Boston Celtics are entering year two of their rebuilding process. This offseason, the Celtics have a number of interesting decisions to make. Should they trade all of their assets for Kevin Love? Should they continue to stockpile young pieces and build for the future? With these questions, and more, still left to answer, here are five bold predictions for what Boston will do this offseason.

5. The Celtics will draft Marcus Smart

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5. The Celtics will draft Marcus Smart

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The Celtics have the sixth pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. In a class that is loaded with quality prospects, Boston should be able to land an impact player with its selection. Unless Joel Embiid's foot injury causes him to fall to Boston's pick, the Celtics should select point guard Marcus Smart. Smart has the size and skill-set to be an immediate contributor in the pros.

4. Avery Bradley will re-sign

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4. Avery Bradley will re-sign

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One question Boston will have to answer this offseason is what to do with guard Avery Bradley. Bradley is a restricted free agent who will generate interest from other teams this offseason. The Celtics would be wise to sign the 23-year-old to a long-term contract. Bradley is one of the NBA's best perimeter defenders and his offensive game is improving each season. He is worth locking up for the next several years.

3. Paul Pierce will return to Boston

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3. Paul Pierce will return to Boston

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Paul Pierce is one of the most revered players in Celtics' history. After playing last season for the Brooklyn Nets, Pierce has a chance to finish his career with the team that drafted him by signing with Boston as a free agent this offseason. Pierce will turn 37 years old in the fall, but he demonstrated last year that he still has something left in the tank. Signing with the Celtics would be a fitting end to Pierce's excellent career.

2. Kevin Love will not end up in Boston

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2. Kevin Love will not end up in Boston

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The Celtics have been rumored as one of the team's most seriously pursuing Minnesota's Kevin Love. The Celtics could offer the Timberwolves a package that includes multiple first-round picks and several young players. While Boston's offer is intriguing, teams like Denver and Golden State can offer Minnesota more NBA-ready talent.

1. Rajon Rondo will be traded

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1. Rajon Rondo will be traded

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The Celtics' inability to land Kevin Love will force the team to continue with their long-term rebuilding process. As part of this process, Boston will look to trade Rajon Rondo in order to stockpile more young assets and future draft picks. Rondo played well last season after returning from a knee injury. He will still demand a good return in a trade.

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