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Wednesday, January 18th, 2012 at 10:50 am  |  23 responses

Teams Reportedly Asking Celtics About Paul Pierce’s Availability


Not too long ago, Paul Pierce was talking about the Boston Celtics’ title chances. Now, as the team trudges through a 4-8 start, there are faint whispers that Pierce could soon be on his way out of Beantown. From Yahoo! Sports: “As Kevin Garnett and Allen become free agents this summer, money will peel away from the salary cap. Between then and now, the bigger question promises to be: Does ownership and general manager Danny Ainge go for the complete rebuild and trade Pierce before the March 15 deadline? Several contending teams have inquired about Pierce’s availability. As one Eastern Conference official said, there are ‘lots of calls asking if [Boston] will blow it up.’ For Celtics ownership and Ainge, this moment of truth could be coming sooner than later. The Celtics have lost five straight games, dropping to 4-8. They’re still trying to see how much blame for this sluggish start belongs to the lockout, the schedule or advancing age. Ainge has always insisted he’ll never make the mistake with his Big Three that Red Auerbach made with his own in the late 1980s by staying too long with them. Garnett and Allen come off the Celtics’ cap this summer, but Pierce is the most perplexing member of the Big Three. He has two years and $32 million left on his contract through the 2013-14 season, and moving him for a shorter deal could make the Celtics a huge player in free agency the next two years. As Boston officials contend, this is the reason they didn’t re-sign Perkins and Tony Allen to long-term contracts. They’ve been preparing for the time their core became too old, for the team’s need to start over.”

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  • ripslam

    NO.

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    If not a Celtics jersey, which uniform could you see Pierce sporting by season’s end. I think the Spurs could use him, especially with Manu being out for an extended period of time. Indiana or Memphis might be a good look as well . . .

  • http://www.slamonline.com aman from arkansas

    maybe the warriors or pacers???

  • meloman2.0

    id rather him retire than see him in any other jersey

  • http://staticseth.blogspot.com/ Seth

    They should’ve blown up this team LAST season. They also should’ve kept Perk (only 26 I think), and build around he and Rondo. It’s def time to start rebuilding, but I think Pierce should stay. He’s the best of the big three right now, and he can score. Celtics need him, but not KG or Ray. Let JuJuan Johnson get some run out there too for crying out loud.

  • Riggs

    As a C’s fan, this team accomplished what it set out to do when they got Ray And Kevin, get a ring in under 3 years. They not only did that, but they went back to the finals and remained a contender. Their time is slowly finishing and this is their last chance at even making it to the playoffs, let alone contending for a title. The perkins trade really was the beginning of the end and I have no idea what this team will do to stay in contention.

  • ernieD

    If the C’s have one player they can build around, it’s Rondo. I’m glad they did not trade him for CP3 (who is hurt at the moment) because they at least have one player they have control of who will be around in the future. I would rather see them trade Ray Allen for a #1 or a younger vet who can help them for the next 3 years. I think that players like E. Moore, Dooling and even Bradley (if he develops some confidence) can take his minutes and do just fine as they get a chance to develop on a team that clearly has no chance of contending in this partially-lost season anyways. As for Pierce. Danny wants Jeff Green to take his minutes next season. All they need is a big guy in the middle who can score in the low post, and there will be a few of them available next season. Dwight Howard probably wont come to Boston, but Kevin Love probably would.

  • ClydeSays

    This team still has time to turn it around. But even if they don’t KG, Ray & Rasheed’s (!) contracts come off the books at the end of the season. With the other contracts, that’s about 50 million coming off their books. Even if ownership keeps Ainge close to the cap, he’ll have at least 30 mil to spend in the offseason…

  • Bimmer

    NO.

  • http://staticseth.blogspot.com/ Seth

    @ernie, Jeff Green is not under contract with Boston and he can do whatever he wants when he returns to the L. It sounds like they don’t want him back anyway since they voided his contract.

  • Ill Smith

    Ainge…please stop it. Give the Big Three their proper ending & just let em play out the year. As much as they’ve done for the franchise they deserve have their era end, not blown up. KG’s retiring after this year & Ray’s taking his talents to another contender so whats the need to move Pierce after 15 years in the Bean? If San Antonio can let a half-dead Duncan ride out his $20 million contract, Boston can gut it out with a still productive Pierce.

  • Matt Park

    Oh, dont worry guys. Ainge is not going to trade any of the big three soon. He very cleverly constructed the team so that the majority of the contracts expire this season. He’s going to have a LOT of cap room heading into free agency.

  • Ldub

    Not a celtics fan to say the least. I am a Ray Allen fan, but no one else on that squad. Even though I am not a Cs fan, I do feel Pierce should stay and retire in Boston. He has done alot for that team and hes basically the Kobe of the town, Duncan in SA, No one could see these guys in another uni, same goes for Pierce. Keep him and Ray, let Garnett go and get another big and a better C and a few solid bench players. ANd they will be straight

  • bike

    No sense breaking up this team now. It’s a freaky season anyway and these older guys may very well get their ball on in a month from now. Besides, the mere hint that Pierce might get moved could throw him into a serious fury–he’s basically refused trades in the past. Be patient.

  • Heals

    We’ll see, can’t imagine the offers are too good given his play/conditioning and timing of the season…

  • LA Huey

    Trading Pierce would be worse than Knicks shipping Ewing.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Kevin Garnett would get traded before Paul Pierce.

  • Kadavour

    Pierce is going to Cali if he leaves Boston.

  • Shifty

    I can’t see pierce in another uniform. Don’t know why people are suggestin moving Allen. First 8 or 9 games Allen was playing like a alls star. He’s had a few bad games which dropped his ppg down but Allen is still one of te top 5 shooting guards in the league I think. Also let them ride out their contracts, u owe them that ainge. Also since Boston is not Doug so good anyone notice rondo is playing better. I remember people saying he is only good because of his surrounding players eg. Te big three but they haven’t been playin good and it’s only really been the big two as pierce was out. Yet rondo is still averaging a high assist rate which must mean it isn’t all about his surrounding team members. As a c’s fan I am unsure what to expect in the future but seeing pp34 in another jersey will be a sad day.

  • @Deknowz

    As much as I don’t like Boston, Paul Pierce needs to retire there.

  • DeeDre

    NO. DONT DO IT. THE CELTICS JUST NEED TO GET IN SHAPE THATS ALL. THEY WON 56 GAMES LAST YEAR PEOPLE.

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com albie1kenobi

    wonders what Tommy Heinsohn would say in the game if PP was wearing another team’s jersey.

  • http://www.huwlhopkins.com #6marjon

    i say do it. blow em up. what are you gonna lose? certainly aren’t going to be winning anything this year. get some young talent while their still valuable and all that cash.

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