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Report: Nets made pitch for Paul Pierce, were shot down

Feb 20, 2013, 5:38 PM EST

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At this point, I pretty much picture Nets GM Billy King like the peanut vendor at a baseball game, walking around asking, “Who wants Kris Humphries, MarShon Brooks and a first round pick? Get them while they’re hot. Gotcha Humphries here!”

Nobody’s buying. Not Danny Ferry in Atlanta for Josh Smith. And not Danny Ainge in Boston for Paul Pierce, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

“The Celtics still highly value Pierce and it wouldn’t make sense to trade him for that kind of a package if they’re keeping Kevin Garnett,” one league source said.

And they are keeping KG because he has a no trade clause and says he’s going to use it.

Two things here.

First, every trade deadline Danny Ainge flirts with blowing up the Celtics, only to not do it. Feels like that again. Maybe one day he’ll do it, but more than likely he waits to the summer of 2014 and watches Pierce and Garnett retire.

Second, the Nets are just sad and desperate. King overpaid for Humphries and is locked into this roster with no real way out. They have shopped this package to roughly 29 other teams, plus likely CSKA Moscow and AC Milan. Probably Kentucky, too. The Nets are stuck because Humphries has regressed and with the looming more severe luxury tax penalties nobody wants to take on a player making that much who isn’t contributing a lot.

The Nets have backed themselves into a financial corner and the question really is who will be GM this summer to get them out it? King is in the last year of his deal.

  1. zerole00 - Feb 20, 2013 at 5:52 PM

    Hm, Billy King signed a bunch of overpaid players to contracts that will cripple the team for years?

    How nostalgic.

  2. doctorfootball - Feb 20, 2013 at 5:54 PM

    They made the same offer for Josh Smith that they made for Pierce. So the Nets are offering trash for good players and hoping some team will bite? Pathetic

  3. samonelastains - Feb 20, 2013 at 6:24 PM

    I guess Ye should’ve had Jay drop him from the team, back when he was still worth something.

  4. noonelistensanyway - Feb 20, 2013 at 7:35 PM

    Paul Pierce will retire a Celtic!!! He was a monster when he came into the NBA!!!

    • pantsfreezone - Feb 21, 2013 at 3:57 AM

      Only because NOBODY wants his terrible, old ass. Read the article, they offered Kris “Cool Guy” Humphries and Marshon Brooks for him. That’s like offering garbage for metamucil.

  5. jimeejohnson - Feb 20, 2013 at 8:01 PM

    Got some wheelchair weed a long time ago. It was named after him.

  6. bauman007 - Feb 20, 2013 at 8:04 PM

    How Billy King ever landed another job after destroying the 76ers amazes me.

    • loungefly74 - Feb 21, 2013 at 8:48 AM

      my thoughts exactly. lets throw Zeke in that mix too…

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