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Danny Ainge doesn’t want to trade Pierce, but he’ll listen to your offer

Feb 1, 2013, 9:48 AM EDT

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With Rajon Rondo out for the season and three weeks to the trade deadline, all eyes in Boston fall on GM Danny Ainge:

Is he going to blow the thing up? And if he does, would he really trade Paul Pierce? A guy who wants to retire a Celtic?

Ainge was on WEEI radio and said he doesn’t want to trade Pierce, but…

Here’s the transcript, via Celtics Hub. Ainge was asked if he has talked to Pierce about a trade:

“No, because nothing has been talked about with Paul or discussed. Nothing is close to being done. I too, would like to see Paul Pierce retire as a Celtic. That would be great. We are all attached to Paul. He’s been great for the city, the franchise, each of us individually, he’s been a true pro. Having said that, if something came up I would talk to Paul, but my job is do what’s best for the Boston fans, and what’s best for the Boston Celtic team, regardless of my personal ties and personal relationships with players.”

Ainge never shows his cards in these interviews but I believe him here. He doesn’t want to trade Pierce, but if some team calls up with a great offer he has to consider it. That’s what any GM should do.

But when it comes time to pull the trigger on a guy the franchise and fan base is sentimentally attached to (plus can still play the game), that’s another story. I just don’t see him trading Pierce. The thought of him in a color other than green just seems wrong.

  1. loungefly74 - Feb 1, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    agree Kurt. would hate to see Pierce in another uniform. there is just something cool seeing a player stick with one team his entire career. its a rare sight..like seeing a Pinta Island Tortoise. playing for 1 team only, can certainly add to the legacy.

    that said….this is a business and no one player is bigger than the franchise. no one. if Ainge got a hypothetical crazy offer of say…lamarcus alridge, damian lilliard, and nick batum…for PP and some picks? then heck yeah!

  2. kingbeason52 - Feb 1, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    Paul Pierce has more sentimental value than anything else. His better days are behind him, I cant see anyone offering alot to get him, espically if they are not one of the handful of teams who can make it to the finals.

  3. dangernearing - Feb 1, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    Capt, Obvious over here ^ His best games are behind, ya dont say!

  4. purnellmeagrejr - Feb 1, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    Shouldn’t he be able to get the Twolves to take him for Ricky Rubio?

  5. klownboy - Feb 1, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    The real reason why Ainge won’t trade Pierce is because he would not get anything close to equal value. The same with Garnett. It’s not like anyone will challenge Boston for the #8 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs, so let it ride…
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  6. fanofevilempire - Feb 1, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    what can he possibly get for Pierce from a contender, a pick or two.
    I can’t see him getting anything like a starter from a contender.
    They will have to ride it out.

  7. mazblast - Feb 1, 2013 at 12:11 PM

    Danny, if you do trade Pierce, please don’t go the Red Sox route. Praise him all the way, don’t trash him.

    I’m not a fan of the Celtics or of Pierce, but IMO he should remain a Celtic. I’ve seen too many guys in the “wrong” uniforms at the end of their careers.

  8. aboogy123456 - Feb 1, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    Paul Pierce is still a really good player but he has more value to other teams than the Celtics now. Celtics should trade him for whatever value they can get, because they are not going any where this year. They are a young team and they have some pieces in place to make another run with Rondo and Garnett, but they need to bring back something for paul now. It also helps them to just get in the lottery. If they can get a draft pick or two, or a big man, they need to deal Pierce, as much as that hurts.

  9. LPad - Feb 1, 2013 at 12:29 PM

    shouldn’t he be spending time trying to work out a three team trade to get Calderon to Boston. It’s not like Det is going to resign him.

    • LPad - Feb 1, 2013 at 2:51 PM

      man people must really dislike Calderon. I’m not saying trade Pierce for Calderon, just saying find a point guard to replace the point guard that is injured.

      • aboogy123456 - Feb 1, 2013 at 3:27 PM

        I love Calderon, but I gave you a thumbs down because you’re saying they should find a point guard, implying that they should be playing for this year. I think the celtics should trade pierce to be better next year and the year after that, when they are at full strength with Rondo. If they don’t play for the future they are risking being stuck in the middle.

        Plus, I don’t think pistons like that trade. Calderon is a valuable expiring contract and younger than pierce. He can be a part of their future or he can be traded for value that won’t be as old as pierce.

  10. joerymi - Feb 1, 2013 at 9:37 PM

    Should have began a rebuild 3 years ago. Too late.

  11. halfbaht - Feb 2, 2013 at 2:22 AM

    Pierce’s best days may be behind him, but the man still has game. He’s dropped A triple double and 2 double doubles in the last 3 games, one of those double doubles was only a couple assists off being another triple double. Say what you want, but pierce will forever be the man and forever a man in green. #CELTICPRIDE

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