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Danny Ainge has tough job in retooling Celtics

Luckily for president of basketball operations Danny Ainge, he’ll have some time to decompress and ponder his roster decisions, because it would be easy to overreact to the Celtics’ playoff demise.

After Friday night’s 88-80 loss to the Knicks in Game 6 of their Eastern Conference first-round series, Celtics faithful were ready to dispose of Paul Pierce and allow Kevin Garnett to retire in able to move forward. The transition from the Big Three Era to the next era (name to be determined) will be difficult, however, because of salary-cap constraints, lack of expiring contracts, and underachieving players who may be difficult to move.

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