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Another report it is unlikely Celtics trade Garnett, Pierce

Feb 8, 2013, 10:38 AM EDT

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In case the 4,871 other times you read that the Celtics are unlikely to trade Paul Pierce or Kevin Garnett didn’t sink in, here is one more. This should do it.

First, there is what Celtics President and decision maker Danny Ainge told ESPNBoston.com.

“Yeah, I think that’s by far the most likely thing. Sure,” Ainge said (when asked if his two stars would remain Celtics). “I’ll just repeat what I always tell you guys — the things that are out there are the things that aren’t true and the things that are happening are not being reported.”

Then there is this from Kevin Garnett himself saying once again he wants to retire a Celtic. This time via the Boston Globe after the Celtics dismantled the Lakers Thursday.

“I just want to say that I love my situation here,” said Garnett. “I don’t know what all your sources are, or whoever’s making up this [expletive] articles about me getting traded to Denver and all these other places.

“But I bleed green, and I will continue to do that. And if it’s up to me I’m going to retire a Celtic.”

And he has a no trade clause. KG has say in the matter.

With the news Rajon Rondo should be back sooner rather than later — and by sooner we mean the start of next season — Ainge may simply decide that his best move is to get the band back together for one more year, one more try. Next season, with everyone healthy.

If someone comes with an offer that blows his doors off, Ainge may change that plan. But for right now, for this trade deadline, don’t look for Boston to make a grand move. That’s what they keep telling you.

  1. misterdreamer119 - Feb 8, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    KG is a beast!

  2. LPad - Feb 8, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    Pierce and KG are going to retire as Celtics. There is no contending team that is going to mortage their future to acquire them. Even if a team wanted to mortage the future, it would be virtually impossible for the Celtics to get something that would make them contenders in the near future. Sorry, but trades for Eric Bledsoe doesn’t help the Celtics. Maybe, if a team wanted to give up three 1st round picks.

    And the chances of being able to sign a frachise player immediately after trading Pierce and KG are slim to none. Look at how that worked out for the Mavs. The Celtics should focus on what they are doing now, drafting well and making smart acquisitions via free agency or trade. They’ll put out a good product and build a good base of talent to rebuild from when they retire.

  3. kinggw - Feb 8, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    Silly move by Celtics management. Rondo’s injury has given them a chance to prepare for the future and start the rebuilding process now.

    What good does holding on to Pierce and/or Garnett do for the C’s? Its no longer 2008, its time to move on. Just because they’ve gone on a win streak doesnt mean this team can do anything in the playoffs. The beat the Heat at home, but so have the Bucks, Wiz, and Pistons. Other than the victory over the Heat, the C’s win streak was comprised of a win over a Paul-less clipper squad and 4 non playoff teams and all but one of those games was at home.

    I admire loyalty just as much as the next guy but Ainge would be foolish not to move one or both of these guys. They dont have enough to take the C’s anywhere so why waste money and draft position on a lost cause. You find success in the NBA by preparing for the future, not dwelling in the past.

    • fanofthegame79 - Feb 8, 2013 at 12:57 PM

      I agree with you kinggw – there is now way this squad makes it out of the 1st or maybe 2nd round (if they don’t end up the 8th seed and have to play the Heat in the 1st round). So with that said, are they happy enough to be simply in the mix? Because after the next 2 years, I doubt that KG or Pierce will be around or very valuable – so strike while the iron is hot.

    • 1historian - Feb 8, 2013 at 1:38 PM

      There is NO way Ainge could get anywhere near to comparable value for either of them. Ainge is stuck for now.

    • scalfor3 - Feb 8, 2013 at 1:44 PM

      You don’t move them just for the sake of making a move though. Unless they can get a real nice deal, they might as well ride it out and enjoy giving New York or Miami a scare. This team will not be an easy out for anyone (including Miami) come playoff time.

  4. mikep363839 - Feb 8, 2013 at 1:02 PM

    With Pierce and KG and the energy they bring the Celtics have a chance at making a run this year and next without one or both of them the C’s have no shot.. That’s the heart, the soul, and the TRUTH

  5. gramsfalconsthundersbraves - Feb 8, 2013 at 1:57 PM

    Even if they traded they would still have a sub-par team next year…if the offseason was as good as this one for them

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