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Celtics’ Danny Ainge facing critical summer

This summer may be Danny Ainge’s most critical as president of basketball operations for the Celtics.

In previous years, the decision to move forward with veteran players was easier, more financially feasible, and made sense. Now, not so much. The injury-plagued Celtics were eliminated in the first round, their earliest playoff exit since Paul Pierce was joined by Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen in 2007.

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