Ever since he put on a Celtics uniform in 1999, Paul Pierce has been a force to be reckoned with. Based on the team’s slow start and the latest reports, however, his days in Boston could be numbered.
As the Celtics are continuing to struggle, a report came in yesterday from Yahoo Sports noting the potential end of the line for this incarnation of the “Big Three” including Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Ray Allen. Now for those of you unaware of this report, let me all assure you that these are only rumors at this time but something to think about nevertheless. In Yahoo’s story, it is mentioned that there are some ”contending teams asking about the availability of Paul Pierce.” The captain currently has two years and $32 million remaining on his contract with the C’s.
The reasoning behind any potential trade would be to speed up the inevitable rebuilding process that is going to occur within a matter of months. While the Celtics should certainly be able to get a serviceable player in return for Pierce (ideally a young player or someone who in the final year of a deal), a possible move would free up more cap space for the team to utilize during the free agent summer of 2012. Currently, this class includes the likes of center Dwight Howard and point guard Deron Williams along with restricted free agent stars Kevin Love, Russel Westbrook, and Eric Gordon. By getting rid of Pierce, the Celtics would certainly have enough money to sign one or even two of these stars to pair with Rajon Rondo for the forseeable future.
I have been a major supporter of getting “Superman” in Celtic green and I believe that the C’s need to do whatever possible to get him to come here; trading Pierce would be the first step in that process. Trading Pierce would be tough for any Celtics fan to swallow, but wasn’t the same said about Red Sox Nation when Nomar Garciaparra was traded from the Sox to the Chicago Cubs? I think it’s safe to say that worked out pretty well for us. While it is only a rumor, I am interested in seeing what everyone has to say about this. Do you agree? Disagree? The Big Three’s expiration date may be coming faster than anticipated now, and it will be interesting to continue tracking this story to see if a deal is made. Until then, let’s go Celtics!
- John Calabro