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Report: Celtics will listen to offers for Paul Pierce. Then probably do nothing.

Jan 11, 2013, 10:04 PM EDT

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Danny Ainge faces the same question at we start to approach the trace deadline that he did last summer — does the Celtics core have one more run in them?

This summer the answer seemed to be yes, when Ainge signed Kevin Garnett to a new deal and got all the band back together save Ray Allen. Then the band got off to a slow and unimpressive 19-17 start and while the defense has started to come back around since the return of Avery Bradley the big picture question still looms. Can this team beat the Heat in the playoffs? The Knicks? The Pacers?

So Ainge is again listening to offers, this time for Paul Pierce, reports Ken Berger at CBSSports.com.

Team executives involved in exploratory trade talks report that the Knicks (Amar’e Stoudemire), Lakers (Pau Gasol), Raptors (Andrea Bargnani) and Celtics (Paul Pierce) are open to discussing their high-profile names. In every case but one, the early indications are that none could be moved without a bad contract going back in return… The lone exception, executives say, may be Pierce, whose ruthless scoring prowess and championship experience come with another attractive feature: only $4 million of his $15.3 million salary is guaranteed next season.

This is what Ainge does, he listens to a log of blockbusters, then ends up sticking with what he has. He did it with Rondo, he’s doing it with Pierce.

I can’t imagine the Celtics trading Pierce, the captain, the second leading scorer in franchise history. He is the Celtics talisman on this team. Now, if it was a trade for Rudy Gay the Celtics might have to consider it… for a minute.

Then realize they have won five in a row, they are starting to look like a playoff threat, and that the uproar over trading Pierce would not be worth any benefit from the move (even if it were for Gay). I just can ‘t see it.

But, it’s out there. And stranger things have happened.

  1. dko83 - Jan 11, 2013 at 10:26 PM

    I would say there is no way the Celts would trade Pierce just based off chemistry alone. Then I remembered the Perk trade and am far less skeptical.

  2. Kansachusetts - Jan 11, 2013 at 10:57 PM

    23 points from Pierce tonight over Houston to make it five wins in a row. He can’t dominate every night, but now that the second team has jelled (suprisingly), it would be foolish to trade him, for the reasons Kurt lists and because Pierce has developed into a wily veteran winner who can come through in big games like few others do. Without substantial contributions from the bench this team was going nowhere, but with Bradley back, Green coming around, Sullinger looking very impressive in the paint, and Courtney Lee stepping up his defense, this is no time to trade the captain.

    • bozosforall - Jan 11, 2013 at 11:04 PM

      Yet another gift to the Puh C’s from former Boston player McHale.

      • andyhr17 - Jan 11, 2013 at 11:18 PM

        Gift? You call all players on Boston trash. Get your damn stories straight before posting whatever BS comes gushing out of your mouth.

        P.S. Your Lakers are looking GREAT this year. Start counting those ping pong balls!

      • bozosforall - Jan 12, 2013 at 2:44 AM

        What a Puh C you are, sandy.

      • bozosforall - Jan 12, 2013 at 2:39 AM

        When did I EVER call any of the players on Boston “trash”? Now, the fans…you are ALL trash…and the biggest crybabies on the planet. The biggest crybaby being you, sandycrotchho17.

        As for “my” Lakers…FIVE rings to a measly ONE for your Puh C’s. I’ll take that every time, wussy boy.

      • andyhr17 - Jan 12, 2013 at 9:18 AM

        C’mon, Bozo. You’ve been dishing out the same insults and calling people the same names for too long now. Time to dip down into your big bag of 12 year old insults and debut some new material.

      • bozosforall - Jan 12, 2013 at 9:10 PM

        Why bother? You losers aren’t worth the good material. Besides, coming from a fan base whose biggest chant is “Beat LA”, we all know which franchise you chumps are jealous of.

      • raidmagic - Jan 12, 2013 at 12:47 PM

        I’m convinced you’re 10. I used to wonder but now I know

      • bozosforall - Jan 12, 2013 at 9:10 PM

        That would make me twice as old as your 5.

  3. themagicfanguy - Jan 11, 2013 at 11:24 PM

    Hey look, Bozo is out and about. I figured he’d be watching the lakers lose again, I’m sure he gotten used to it by now :)

  4. jmays77 - Jan 11, 2013 at 11:39 PM

    This would break my heart. Hope they keep Pierce

  5. wj4122 - Jan 12, 2013 at 2:08 AM

    The jazz have the talent to to pull off a trade for Paul P. it would never happen but the jazz are in a fun position. They have 4 quality forwards. They can’t keep them all and will trade away one of there all stars in Al Jeff or Paul M

  6. pukpokito - Jan 12, 2013 at 3:21 AM

    Can the Celtics please(!)trade for a starting center first?I dont get this if you trade for Rudy Gay, it would clash with Jeff Green as they are almost the same age playing their SF(Natural position).Needs first please.Needs first.Not want.

  7. 00maltliquor - Jan 12, 2013 at 4:38 AM

    Yet another reason why I LOVE players chosing their own destinies A LA LeBron James!! There is NOOOO loyalty from GM’s and thier respective ballclubs! Take your talent to ___________, Pierce!

  8. doublezero74 - Jan 12, 2013 at 8:51 AM

    Bozo is such dbag. You sound so childish ALL the time, so I figure you’re either a 13 year old girl or a 45 year old scumbag living in your moms basement

  9. nycalldayz - Jan 12, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    Danny Ainge is a horrible GM. He’s really bad. Didn’t learn from his last mistake when he traded Perkins in ’11. This idiot, Ainge trades his starting center after the all-star break when his team had the best record in the east and second best in the league. No loyality in sports. If Ainge were to trade Pierce, he would get chased out of Boston.

    Gay for Pierce? John Hollinger would never sign on to that deal. I wouldn’t sign on to that deal. I think Pierce is an all time great, but he’s 35 and slowing down. Why would u trade prime for past his prime?

    • andyhr17 - Jan 12, 2013 at 2:43 PM

      Most horrible GM’s assemble three/four stars, win a championship, lose another, and always make noise in the playoffs. I love your definition of what a horrible GM is.

  10. paulhargis53 - Jan 12, 2013 at 9:48 AM

    That bozo post just proves whatva tool he is. How is the Celtics drafting Pierce 10th overall in 1998, a gift from McHale?

    Bozo/lakerluver, you’re pathetic under 2 screen names.

    • infectorman - Jan 12, 2013 at 9:55 AM

      Exactly, what a f*ckin idiot.
      He must be getting confused with all his screen names and story lines that he spews about us evil Boston people.

      Defender of all thing Mantle, Magic Johnson and Derek Jeter; he is…..
      SUPER TOOL!
      Fighting off his imaginary enemies from the Hub, he vanquishes any and all evil Boston fans that would intend ill will upon his beloved boyhood heroes, Dimaggio, Mantle, Abdul Jabbar and yes even Michael Cooper.
      No Laker of Yankee name small enough, as long as they don the purple n gold or pinstripes
      Bozo the tool shed will type in their honor!

      Loopy as a sh*t-house rat, dat boy is

  11. nycalldayz - Jan 12, 2013 at 9:54 AM

    Can this team beat the Heat in the playoffs? The Knicks? The Pacers? I think the Celtics can beat the Knicks or Pacers. Now Miami is a different story. Chicago is a team too, most in the east need to worry about, because they defend and rebound with intense effort.

  12. themagicfanguy - Jan 12, 2013 at 5:14 PM

    It’s funny how bozo tries to ignore that the NBA existed prior to Shaq and Kobe too. He knows the the Celtics have the most rings, and are the premier franchise in the NBA. He’s even resorted to trolling Red Sox articles now lol, that’s what happens when the team you route for sucks in the worst way imaginable I guess, he’s gotta take out his anger somehow. Did all of you know that he likes to pass himself off as a Yankees fan now too?

  13. scalfor3 - Jan 12, 2013 at 9:48 PM

    They’ll test the waters, but Pierce isn’t going anywhere unless someone really blows them away with an offer they actually can’t refuse. Same thing that happened with Rondo, he wasn’t going anywhere unless he could get us CP3. Nothing to see here.

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