From Peter May in the Globe today:
The Celtics are going to be taxpayers for the third straight year, but they decided that having Kevin Garnett made it worthwhile. "We won the championship paying a heavy tax,’’ principal owner Wyc Grousbeck said. "We had reached the stage where that investment made sense and we are still there today.’’ So, too, are the Spurs. "Everyone trying to win a championship is spending. You have no choice,’’ said Spurs coach Gregg Popovich. "The way it is now, if you’re going to compete, you have to spend the big bucks. It’s amazing how it has all changed in the last few years.’’ All the preseason favorites for the 2010 title (Lakers, Boston, Cleveland, Orlando, San Antonio) have payrolls over the threshold.