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Report: Cavaliers offer Celtics two second round picks for Pierce

Jun 23, 2013, 11:09 AM EDT

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Can you say lowball…

The Boston Celtics in the next few days are going to make a decision on whether to bring back Paul Pierce next year at $15 million or buy him out for $5 million (and if he stays or goes will be tied to the decisions of Doc Rivers and Kevin Garnett).

The Cavaliers want to help out the Celtics. And by help out I mean steal from. They made a trade offer to the Celtics, reports the News Herald (Sam Amico of Fox Sports was first with this rumor).

The Cavs have likely spoken to the Celtics about small forward Paul Pierce’s availability. The latest rumor is the Cavs offering their two second-round picks for the 35-year-old Pierce. Pierce’s $15.3 million contract for next year would become guaranteed if he’s dealt.

You should take all rumors this time of year with a grain of salt, and this one you can add a few grains. This comes out of Cavs sources and there is little chance Boston gives this deal much thought. But they will give the idea of trading him some thought.

Two second round picks isn’t equal value, but for Boston if you’re going to buy him out, isn’t some kind of compensation better than spending $5 million to have him walk away for nothing?

Cavaliers’ owner Dan Gilbert has said he is tired of the lottery and wants to make the playoffs next year. This would be a step in that direction without shortcutting the rebuilding process much, so it makes sense to at least throw it out there. But don’t bet on it.

  1. halfbaht - Jun 23, 2013 at 7:49 PM

    Bring the Truth and KG back! If Doc wants out let him. These boys deserve to retire wearing clover green!

    • podunk001 - Jun 23, 2013 at 10:05 PM

      I think KG’s made it clear he’d be perfectly happy to have a chance at a title in LA. I think both KG and PP will always be respected in Boston regardless of where they finish their career and see their #’s on the rafters. I can’t imagine Pierce would be happy in Cleveland in another rebuilding effort. If the Celtics don’t want to pay him his $15M I’m sure he wants to be with a contender. Thats where they both can be great contributors. I also think they can have another good year in Boston, just not likely a champion ship. I too hope they stay.

  2. gymtruthteller - Jun 23, 2013 at 9:13 PM

    DO IT. I want to see Pierce pissed. This would be so awesome

  3. podunk001 - Jun 23, 2013 at 9:50 PM

    The Cavs know the Celts may pay PP $5M to avoid paying him $15M by Friday and get nothing in return. For two 2nd round picks the Celtics can save themselves $5M. What I’m not sure about is why the Cavs want to pay him $15M. I’m a Celtic fan and if they bring both KG and PP back they’ll still be a playoff team, but not a contender unless Green, Bradley or Sullinger “significantly” raises their game to a level no one is expecting. Celts should either keep PP and KG or get rid of them both. Without them both it’s unlikely they even make the playoffs. They are both still very valuable to a contender, especially KG. If KG joins Doc with either Griffin or Howard that team will be even odds with Miami for next years championship. (Assuming CP3 stays.)

  4. bougin89 - Jun 24, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    This offer is all about the Celtics saving $5 million. Why would a team offer a lot when they know their is a good chance the Celtics just buyout Pierce and if that happens they can sign him outright for much cheaper than $15 million. Does anyone expect the Celtics to receive a much better trade offer at this point?

    With that being said, I’d be shocked if this trade goes down, I think it would be a PR disaster for the Celtics. Their will still be a lot of Pierce fans if/after he leaves the Celtics, I don’t think they would think too highly of the Celtics decision to ship him to a rebuilding team to play out the twilight of his career.

  5. nickpatrick02 - Jun 24, 2013 at 11:53 AM

    Does everyone realize that his has nothing to do with the Cavs wanting Pierce? Not too long ago, Lebron stated that he considered Paul Pierce to be his biggest rival and largest threat. Well the team that was burned by James is hoping they can somehow get revenge by getting Pierce. Sadly, Pierce is nowhere near where he used to be, so this trade would be a complete waste.

    • bougin89 - Jun 25, 2013 at 5:29 PM

      That’s not why they would trade for PP. You can’t really believe that, right?

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