Rumor Alert: Boston Dumping Pierce.
Boston Celtics and Paul Pierce to part ways?
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Looks like the end of an era in Boston. After Pierce goes, expect Garnett to follow.
The music is coming to and end in Boston. The writing has been on the wall all season. This team always appeared a step behind. When they needed a clutch shot, crucial defensive stop, or key rebound, they came up short. The core of the Celtic squad already started to disintegrate last season when Ray Allen famously abandoned ship for Miami. This time it looks like the Boston will be the one pulling the trigger and letting go of Paul Pierce this off-season.
Trade rumors swirled around both Garnett and Pierce off and on throughout the season. Well now that the New York Knicks knocked the Celtics out of the playoffs in the first round, it appears Boston is ready to act. Boston reporter Greg Dickerson had this to say on CSNNE on Sunday:
“I don’t think they will (bring Pierce back),” Dickerson said Sunday on CSNNE. “And I know that the company that Paul Pierce hangs around in, they do not believe – and I don’t think Paul Pierce believes – that he is going to be brought back next year at $15 million. I know for a fact that people around Paul Pierce have pretty much resigned themselves to the fact that he’s played his final game in a Boston Celtics uniform. Again, Paul wants to stay – obviously for $15 million, but he wants to finish his career in a Celtics uniform.”
The lone year remaining on Pierce’s contract can be bought out for $5 million. Asked whether he believes the Celtics will trade Pierce or buy him out, Dickerson said: “One way or the other. Probably a buyout. More than likely a buyout.”
If Pierce does not return, Kevin Garnett has indicated he won’t want to either.
“If Paul’s gone, I think without a doubt Kevin Garnett is gone – either by retirement or he finally decides to waive his no-trade clause, and the Celtics maybe work something out with a (Los Angeles Clippers) team,” said Dickerson. “But the list is real short; the teams that Kevin Garnett would go to, there might be two of them on it, and they both might be the Clippers and (Los Angeles) Lakers.”