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Boston still waiting on Doc Rivers, Kevin Garnett decisions

Jun 7, 2013, 10:50 AM EDT

Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett AP

The waiting is the hardest part….

What this summer and next season are going to look like for the Boston Celtics hinge on whether Kevin Garnett decides to return for another season, and with that if the Celtics decide to buyout Paul Pierce. Also, there’s that little matter of what coach Doc Rivers wants to do (I expect he returns, but…)

The Celtics are still waiting for word on all of it, reports the Boston Herald.

Meanwhile, there has still been no final decision on next season communicated from either Doc Rivers, who continues to work with the team on next year’s roster, or Kevin Garnett, who, it is hoped, is out in California removing the weary from his body and mind. Nor have the Celts made a final call on Paul Pierce, who, if he is not traded beforehand, must, in 23 days, either be bought out for $5 million or kept and guaranteed $15.3 million.

The Pierce and KG decisions are intertwined — if KG decides to hang them up the Celtics will buy out Pierce and start the rebuild process. If he comes back it is far more likely the Celtics keep Pierce and they will have one more run with that core. Likely not a championship run, but they would make a dangerous and interesting five seed.

But for now, we just wait. And waiting sucks for fans.

  1. jerrysshadescleaner - Jun 7, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    Where are they waiting for them at the nursing home, man boston its time to think bout lookn for young talent, why dont yall go recruit jerome kersey n see if the big dawg will come back too

  2. jcmeyer10 - Jun 7, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    I know this sounds foolish but I hope they come back and give it one more year. We don’t get talents like Pierce and Garnett all the time. Want to enjoy it.

    I am going to go to 5+ games next year anyway. Would love to give to see Pierce and Garnett play it out.

    • paleihe - Jun 7, 2013 at 11:56 AM

      I love their competitiveness. Not a Celtic fan, but I love seeing passion…and both these guys play that way. It’d be wrong to trade Pierce. Let him play out his contract.

  3. pmx8411 - Jun 7, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    Boston should make a play for Dwight Howard……Dwight plus Rondo would be alright imo

  4. redbaronx - Jun 7, 2013 at 12:38 PM

    Boston needs to get younger quick. They should have started two years ago. Unfortunately Ainge isn’t listening to his own advice to himself. He noted that the Celtics needed to start rebuilding after Bird, McHale, Parish and took half measures and waited too long to do it.

    That’s not to say that Pierce and Garnett can’t still play and be good leaders, but they need to be moved to more supporting roles like they did in San Antonio with Manu and Duncan. 25 minutes a night (Ginobili) and reducing Duncan’s role.

    So Ainge should either get them to take less money (see Duncan..,) or try a trade if he can get something for them.

    • n2thaizzo - Jun 7, 2013 at 1:53 PM

      People always say Boston is old. It’s only Garnett and Pierce (and Terry if you want to count him). There are 9 players under 30 years old on their roster, so how are they old? It is possible to build the team around Rondo, Green, Bradley, etc, AND keep Pierce and Garnett as contributors.

      • redbaronx - Jun 10, 2013 at 12:11 AM

        @n2thaizzo – People SAY Boston is old because they ARE old. Three out of 12 players above the age of 35 is 25% of the active 12 man roster. Terry is a guard, and as we saw this year, it’s over. When guards lose it, it goes downhill fast. Big guys at least have size.

        Sure it’s possible to keep Pierce and Garnett as contributors, but as I said, as supporting players. Certainly not at the money they’re making now. That means pay cuts, which I don’t know KG is willing to do, and who knows if Pierce would.

        Again, the C’s need to probably focus on AT LEAST one fairly young player in a trade or free agency to support the existing cast. I think they might be able to pick off players from teams that have no hope of seeing a championship, and players that might be experiencing some level of frustration. Like LaMarcus Aldridge in Portland.

  5. misterdreamer119 - Jun 7, 2013 at 12:44 PM

    Blow all of it up. Its over its been over.

  6. mysterious - Jun 7, 2013 at 1:13 PM

    getting kind of tired of this BS from doc rivers. He signed a new contract which he KNEW would outlast KG/Pierce and he acts like its a big decision every year. His kid is in the NBA now so he doesnt have that excuse anymore.

  7. saint1997 - Jun 7, 2013 at 4:59 PM

    If Boston do nothing then they will be in the worst position an NBA team can be in and miss out on a fantastic draft where they could find a future cornerstone.

    • jimeejohnson - Jun 7, 2013 at 8:16 PM

      If Pierce and Garnett like the chowdah and lobstah enough, they’d play for free. Johnny Walker Red told me! Have a great weekend everybody.

      • saint1997 - Jun 8, 2013 at 3:23 AM

        I pawked the caw in harvawd yawd

  8. chicagofan - Jun 8, 2013 at 1:30 AM

    Word from Pierce, on twitter, is he is being released and will be moving on to play elsewhere.Hard to see paying 15million and delaying the inevitable over 5mill buyout. The Celtics need KG, Rondo and Jeff Green … and to add a free agent or 2 to be a real threat in the East. Renewed my season tickets with the expectation that they will improve roster and keeping Pierce really limits that.

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