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Report: Boston getting calls asking about Paul Pierce

Jan 17, 2012, 7:17 PM EDT

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Can you picture Paul Pierce in any other uniform than Boston green?

It seems weird. But Celtics fans are starting to try, they taking to message boards and asking the big question:

Is it time to blow up the Celtics and rebuild?

This team has lost five in a row, has fallen to 4-8, and in their loss to Oklahoma City Monday it was clear they were not as athletic, as deep, as talented or as good. OKC is what a contender looks like. Is it time for Boston to start trading everyone not named Rajon Rondo and rebuild from the ground up.

Other teams are wondering if Boston is considering that, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo.

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.”

Last summer Boston made the conscious decision to make one more run with this group, but it may be one run too many. General Manager Danny Ainge has long wanted to break up these Celtics too early rather than hang on too long (what he saw as the big mistake after the 1080s teams that he played on).

Would he really do it? Maybe. He traded Kendrick Perkins and did not bring back Tony Allen. He’ll make hard decisions. And there would be trade value for the big three right now.

Ray Allen is playing well (shooting 51.3 percent), is in the last year of his deal and fits in just about any system — there would be multiple offers for him that gets Boston picks or young players. Garnett is also in the last year of his deal and would draw interest. Pierce is stickier — he has this season plus $15.3 million for next season remaining on his deal. He is playing better as he rounds into shape, he played well last season, but is another team going to take on that much salary for an aging player with question marks?

Boston is not going to make a move soon, it would be closer to the All-Star Game or trade deadline. These Celtics are not a 4-8 team and as they keep improving things will get better — but this is not a contender in the best of circumstances. But there are contenders or teams on the fringe that would have interest in the big three.

It seems the hard thing to do, to break up the best Celtics core in a while. But it’s going to happen in the next year or so one way or another. Is it better to jump start the process, even if you have to see Paul Pierce in another color? Maybe it is.

  1. willardj - Jan 17, 2012 at 7:36 PM

    Wow, I had no idea the Celtics have been around since the 1080’s. Must have been a tough time to play with the Crusades going on.

    • xliontamer - Jan 17, 2012 at 7:54 PM

      They were an expansion team, added to the original United Association of Basketballers formed in England circa 1066. It took almost 1,000 years for the first good French player.

    • gcbball3 - Jan 18, 2012 at 2:08 AM

      Grow up douche

      • bozosforall - Jan 18, 2012 at 10:23 AM

        Lighten up, Francis.

        Get the tampon out of your mangina.

  2. worldbfree4me - Jan 17, 2012 at 7:37 PM

    The question is, who would go there? Beantown is cold and harsh most of the year. The players that they would like to have are already spoken for. It will interesting watching it all unfold.

  3. ajsjr40 - Jan 17, 2012 at 7:55 PM

    Living through the first big three it is clear that doing nothing is the wrong thing to do. With the layout of the league as it is the Celts will not win another title with this core. If there is value to be had grab it while you can.

  4. j0esixpack - Jan 17, 2012 at 8:03 PM

    Of course you make a deal for any of the elder Celts – if it’s a good one that is.

    Every fan in Boston and elsewhere knows the current team isn’t Championship caliber. If you can get something rather than nothing for the pieces, build around Rondo and bring in some free agents who can’t contend, you do it.

    Those free agents know that Ainge will do what it takes to win…the very fact that he’d consider letting Pierce go if it’s in the long term best interests of the team speaks volumes to them.

    If its a good deal, pull the trigger and get something rather than nothing and free up the cap space to compete.

    • bozosforall - Jan 18, 2012 at 10:25 AM

      There isn’t any team that is going to rescue the Celtics from their dilemma nor should there be. They had their little “one-and-done” run and now it’s over. Time to suck for another 20+ years (hopefully more).

  5. abasketballthing - Jan 17, 2012 at 8:09 PM

    It really depends on how good the young players coming back would be. If they can’t find good enough trades, they’d be better off just letting the the Big 3 leave through FA or retire, and be awful for a couple of years to get high lottery picks.

  6. newyorkstatus - Jan 17, 2012 at 8:37 PM

    pull the trigger (john elway voice)

  7. cooldonnyd - Jan 17, 2012 at 9:01 PM

    Blow it up.

  8. hoytdadd64 - Jan 17, 2012 at 9:14 PM

    As a Laker fan I say “DON’T BLOW IT UP”, sufer in missery until they all retire. You can also trade Rondo to LA for Gasol and a truck load of depends!! The Garden can turn into a retirement home for all I care!!

  9. passerby23 - Jan 17, 2012 at 10:56 PM

    I thought this team could re-tool for one more run with a healthy Jeff Green. It is apparent now that this team is done. They have yet to beat a team with a winning record. They are in the same boat as Orlando in a way – there is value to trade and get something in return to build on for the future. Trade as much of the Big Three as possible for picks. With a deep draft, Rondo, a re-signed Jeff Green, Boston can start a new chapter and be competitive quickly without completely disintegrating into the abyss of endless losing.

  10. vicktator - Jan 17, 2012 at 11:38 PM

    Dear Boston Fans,

    I told you all that the Sixers would whoop your a$$es this year, and you laughed at me. I hope you enjoy mediocrity you cocky S.O.B.’s.

    P.S. Rondo is only as good as the players around him.

  11. 00maltliquor - Jan 18, 2012 at 12:12 AM

    LMAO! Danny Ainge would pull the trigger qiucker than Clint Eastwood in a western flick without any heart or loyalty. Watch him dump his salary for a 7th rotation guy, draft rights to some unknown European drafted back in ’07 and a grilled cheese sandwich!

  12. cluelessdufus - Jan 18, 2012 at 1:08 AM

    this good and badthe reason is that before they retire you can get stuff not much for them but the stage would be hard for the fans but it would be quicker if they do it know

    • jimeejohnson - Jan 18, 2012 at 4:24 PM

      Your first language is not English, I hope!

  13. gcbball3 - Jan 18, 2012 at 2:14 AM

    I was talking to a buddy of mine about this earlier and it’s a different take on the whole thing, it’s been rumored that russel Westbrook is unhappy with the thunder due to no extension, I think a westbrook for rondo trade would be huge for the celtics, a young athletic high scoring point guard with Allen pierce and Garnett, reenergized much yup. Or how about rondo, kg, and another for Westbrook and maybe perkins or ibaka. The thunder need a low post offensive threat, kg, the need someone to distribute Durant the ball not take shots from him, rondo. I think this trade helps both squads.

    • 00maltliquor - Jan 18, 2012 at 3:40 AM

      No way man. The Thunder are the Thunder BECAUSE they have Westbrook and Durant. Mixing and matching other pieces would make them the Celtics all over again like that trade of Perkins for Green. Don’t mess with chemistry and a good thing. And Rondo is Boston. Build around him, don’t trade him. (Although I would LOOOOOVE to see him leave Boston!)

    • lgolson - Jan 18, 2012 at 9:20 AM

      Sam Presti would never agree to any of that. He’s going to do whatever it takes to keep the core of Durant, Westbrook, Harden and Ibaka. You are basically saying that the Thunder would trade Ibaka for KG. A freakishly athletic shot blocker with tremendous upside for an aging former superstar on the downside of his career. And on the other side of your deal the Thunder would be giving up one of their 3 scorers for a pass first PG who can’t shoot. As much crap as Westbrook takes (some deserved) the Thunder NEED his scoring unless Durant can score 50 a game.

    • Josh Perez - Jan 18, 2012 at 9:43 AM

      You sir need to stop smoking. Durant doesn’t need anyone to feed him. He can be a spot up, pop up, drive the lane, hit the three, anything you need him to do. Also the fact that Westbrook is Westbrook takes defensive pressure off Durant cause he is a scoring threat. I rather teach Ibaka and Perkins some post up offense than bring a distributor to force them score.

    • redbaronx - Jan 18, 2012 at 6:21 PM

      First of all, you’re way overvaluing Westbrook. I think most NBA GM’s would value this as barely 1 for 1 with Westbrook being SLIGHTLY more valuable then Rondo. Like a draft pick worth. Not another player.

      Secondly, why would the Thunder want to give away Westbrook? Even if Westbrook is unhappy, the Thunder have PLENTY of time to work this out. I’ve heard that rumor too of Westbrook wanting a max deal, but I’m sure that even if it is true, Westbrook’s agent will knock some sense into him. Westbrook is NOT a max player, and NO ONE is going to give him a max deal. He’s no KG or LeBron.

      Although if Isaiah Thomas becomes the Knicks GM again…..and pigs fly, then Westbrook may get a max deal!

      • redbaronx - Jan 18, 2012 at 6:23 PM

        Ah I meant to say KD not KG… :-)

  14. Kansachusetts - Jan 18, 2012 at 11:33 AM

    Ainge doesn’t like Rondo anyway. I’d look for him to try to package one of the Big Three with Rondo if he could find a taker.
    It should also be pointed out that though Allen is having a good offensive year, he’s a step slow on defense and he’s throwing the ball away too much.

    • bozosforall - Jan 18, 2012 at 5:39 PM

      Nobody wants Boston’s garbage. Something that you New England morons need to get through your thick skulls.

  15. stayhigh_247 - Jan 18, 2012 at 12:43 PM

    Even if they r rebuilding u dont do it now, u wait until the off season. Nobody they bring in is going to change the fate of this team unless they r named Lebron, or D Rose. Its too early to panic, Doc is a great coach, they just need more depth, losing Perk was dumb and i think Bass is better, but chemistry wins titles

  16. 1historian - Jan 18, 2012 at 5:08 PM

    Is there any one out there who needs more proof of the simple fact that pro sports is a BUSINESS?

    • bozosforall - Jan 18, 2012 at 5:43 PM

      Your fellow New England fans do. They somehow really believe that having a bunch of paid mercenaries representing their region actually makes them somehow more relevant in life. News flash: It doesn’t. Your region still sucks as far as homegrown talent, which is the only measure of how well a region does sports-wise. Paying someone to do what you cannot do doesn’t make you anything more than a pencil-necked geek who has to live vicariously through someone else.

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