NBA Trade Rumors: Boston Celtics Would Trade Paul Pierce

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.

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The Celtics would reportedly love to unload the final two years of Paul Pierce's contract. Can they find a taker? (Photo by Keith Allison via Wikimedia Commons)

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.

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Comments

  1. I doubt Boston will break up its Big 4 and it’s far from clear that it’s their intent.  The coach and GM deny it and it doesn’t seem to make much sense to do so.  Allen, Pierce and KG may no longer be elite players, but they are still close enough that if Allen and KG re-sign for reasonable contracts, which is fairly likely, then they can get 2-3 good players with the $20-25 million in cap room they’ll have this summer to go along with a couple of 2012 first rounders and some nice youth who are just starting to get minutes they can contend next year.  It’s not like any of the ‘elite’ teams are unbeatable.  I don’t know about KG who may retire, but I expect Ray Allen will still be shhooting 3s for Boston next year barring a very good offer that Ainge can’t refuse.

  2. They wont trade Pierce , he is a Celtic. But I would ship Garnett and Allen out quick,fast and in a hurry. I guess Rondo is a knucklehead but good Pg’s dont come along that often. 
    I think the could still get something for Allen because he is such a good shooter. Players like Garnett, dime a dozen anymore. He isnt great and has lost 2 steps.
     They arent going to win with that team because they are just too old, if you could trade a couple of them and get something in return the celtics would have something to look forward too.

  3. C`s trade Pierce and Garnett to New York for C.Anthony and A.Stoudemire by Thursday.

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