We’ve already seen one icon separated from the only franchise he’s known this week; could we see the same thing happen in another sport?
According to Ken Berger of CBS Sports, if the Boston Celtics can find a taker for Paul Pierce’s massive contract over the next two years, he could follow in Peyton Manning’s footsteps as a legend finishing his career in a weird jersey.
Will Boston Celtics Trade Paul Pierce?
It seems unfathomable that Paul Pierce, who has become the Celtic for people my age and younger, could play for another team, but such is sports. If Peyton Manning isn’t safe in Indianapolis, no one is safe anywhere.
The problem for the Celtics, who clearly seem intent on busting up their Big 3 and rebuilding for the future, is that Pierce is owed $32 million over the next two years. Pierce is still a terrific player (18.3 points, 5.1 assists, 5.0 rebounds per game) but he’s obviously on the downside of his career (career scoring average: 22.1) and the Celtics aren’t getting any younger.
If the Celtics cannot find someone who will take Pierce, they could try to move Ray Allen, whose contract is more manageable, but they still have to find the right trade partner. It is looking less and less likely that Rajon Rondo will be dealt. Rather, he appears to be the centerpiece around whom Danny Ainge wants to build. Based on recent evidence, that seems wise.