While the Celtics’ season could wind down in disappointing fashion because of injuries and perhaps age creeping into the once-energetic bodies of Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, there will be intrigue this summer. The organization must decide whether to reload for one more championship run or cut ties with its most popular player.
Pierce has a team option on his contract for 2013-14 at $15.3 million, with a $5 million buyout before June 30. Meanwhile, Chris Wilcox’s minimum salary is the only guaranteed money that will come off the books next season, ensuring the Celtics will again be a luxury-tax team. Even jettisoning Pierce’s contract would offer no financial flexibility because they would still be over the salary cap.