You may have forgotten already but the Boston Celtics were 12 minutes away in Game 7 against the Miami Heat, from advancing to the NBA Finals. Strong free agent acquisitions have these Celtics gearing up for a run at a championship in 2013.
According to ESPNBoston.com's Chris Forsberg, the Celtics have officially signed Kevin Garnett, Brandon Bass, and Chris Wilcox to deals. Together, along with NBA first round pick Jared Sullinger, will improve the Celtics' frontcourt production, which is arguably the one weakness that kept the Celtics from an NBA Finals berth last season.
Forsberg also mentioned that the Celtics have handshake agreements set with both Jeff Green and Jason Terry, but a few details must be worked out prior to finalizing the signings.
Boston is not only improving their squad with these top-tier talents, but they are also putting themselves a step ahead of last season as well.
Here are three major reasons why this new-look Celtics team will be a tougher, more feared championship contender than last season.