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Reports: Celtics want first round pick for Pierce; looking at younger coaches

Jun 25, 2013, 1:16 PM EDT

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Let the rebuilding process begin.

With the Doc Rivers to the Clippers deal in place (waiting on the Clippers and Rivers to finish hammering out contract details) the Celtics have started to look around at trade options for Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, and they starting to think about what coach to bring in.

And in both cases, they are thinking young.

Boston is expected to pick up the $15 million option on Paul Pierce but are looking to trade him for a first round pick, reports Marc Stein of ESPN.

The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Milwaukee Bucks are among the teams that have expressed trade interest in Boston Celtics star Paul Pierce, according to sources with knowledge of the talks. But sources told ESPN.com that Pierce is most likely headed to neither one of those teams if he leaves the Celtics this week.

In Cleveland’s case, owner Dan Gilbert has gave the order he is tired of being in the lottery ever year (even though they have won it two out of three years) and they are looking for players who can help the Cavs make the postseason next year. Pierce would do that, especially paired with a healthy Kyrie Irving.

The Cavaliers have two first round picks — their No. 1 overall (they are not trading that for Pierce) and the No. 19 of the Lakers. That could be a move that would interest both sides. The Bucks have the No. 15 pick.

Boston also likely will try to move Kevin Garnett this summer as well, but he has a no trade clause and has say in the matter (no, KG is not ending up with the Clippers without a change of heart in the league office). In both cases the Celtics can afford to be patient and wait for a deal they like.

The other question in Boston is who will replace Doc Rivers as head coach?

First, don’t expect a quick decision here. There are reports the Celtics could wait until after Summer League (meaning mid-July) to make a move here. Jason Terry is going to be an assistant coach for the Celtics at Summer League.

The coach the Celtics do hire may not be a name you recognize, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

The Boston Celtics will consider several younger and lower-profile candidates for the franchise’s coaching vacancy, including assistant coach Jay Larranaga, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

The idea is a solid one — get a younger coach to go with the younger team you are building and let them grow together.

That model works well in a smaller market such as Oklahoma City, but for one of the NBA’s premiere franchise in a market where the Celtics get a lot of scrutiny it may be harder to make work.

We’ll see how all this turns out, but one thing is clear: The rebuilding has begun.

  1. coltzfan166 - Jun 25, 2013 at 1:21 PM

    It’s okay Celtics fans. This will be the Lakers next year.

    • fanofevilempire - Jun 25, 2013 at 2:38 PM

      another drunkard Celtic fan, oh boy!

    • kb2408 - Jun 25, 2013 at 3:32 PM

      Celtic fans are hilarious! Unlike Boston, elite free agents actually want to play for the LAKERS and live in beautiful sunny California. The Celtics are going back to the irrelevancy they enjoyed from 1988 to 2008. Meanwhile, the LAKERS are gearing up for 2014-15. Enjoy sitting on number 17 for the next decade. By the time the C’s win number 18, the LAKERS will have at least 20. As we all know, the LAKERS win titles in bunches, not one every two decades.

      • jamieaadams - Jun 25, 2013 at 4:27 PM

        When Dwight Howard signs with Houston, I’ll remember “elite free agents actually want to play for the LAKERS” and shake my head.

      • hehateme2 - Jun 25, 2013 at 5:22 PM

        The HEAT OWN the lakers. Keep dreaming. Labron> black mamba

      • sawick48 - Jun 25, 2013 at 6:58 PM

        awesome. more well thought out, insightful comments from die hard fans of the Heat and Lakers….

        The Lakers are run by a moron who can’t get out of his own way fast enough to destroy what his father built, and as such are hinging their hopes for the immediate and long term future on a torn achillies on an old guard and the bad back of an increasingly ineffective glorified rim protector…..whom they’ll give upwards of $20M per to in the coming weeks and ruin their long term cap space.

        The Heat on the other hand, will coincidentally have this newfound success and fanaticism for only until their rent-a-bron gets homesick enough to head back to Cleveland.

        The Celtics on the other hand, are hitting the restart button on a team that won one title and were injuries away from at least one more. And they are deciding to do this on a season that provides the best prep/college prospects since the classes that brought forth the best players on both the Lake show and Heat.

        Keep talking. The difference between the Boston franchise and the Miami/LAs of the league is that we know suffering. We’re true fans that cheer just as loudly for a team lead by Dino Radja or Dana Barros as we did for the one lead by our former or recently ended big 3. You’re right, elite free agents don’t want to play for Boston, but that’s why we have a creative and highly intelligent front office staff that is able to put championship caliber teams together instead of hoping that they come crawling to them.

      • hockeyflow33 - Jun 26, 2013 at 1:38 AM

        No one cares when the Lakers win titles, in Boston you become part of the town when you win

  2. azarkhan - Jun 25, 2013 at 1:36 PM

    So not only will a team have to give up a first rounder, but they will also have to pay $15,000,000 dollars to a player who will be 36 in October. Nice trade if the Celtics can swing it.

    • fanofevilempire - Jun 25, 2013 at 3:22 PM

      15 mil for a player who has no lift on his jumper and dogs it on defense.
      Ainge is just jiggling to see what shakes loose.
      Paul’s wife will need that wheel chair he used against the Lakers to push
      him around.

  3. romosmicrodongs - Jun 25, 2013 at 1:43 PM

    maybe bostonians will finally get over themselves and realize between the celtics bruins and pats they are cbampions of nothing.

    except giving up their rights willingly and being perfect martial law sheeple

    • deadeyedesign23 - Jun 25, 2013 at 1:54 PM

      …what?

    • andyhr17 - Jun 25, 2013 at 2:21 PM

      Remember kids, don’t do drugs.

    • jamieaadams - Jun 25, 2013 at 2:47 PM

      Yes, bartender, whatever that guy had. Thanks.

    • bigwii - Jun 25, 2013 at 3:15 PM

      What are you talking about you sound so dumb right now. Massachusetts sports have been one of the most successful this past decade. As far as being getting over ourselves there is no need to there is a reason we are who we are we back it up do we not, how many parades has your city has this past decade not as many I bet. As far as being law “sheeple” I don’t know why you think that you don’t make any sense. I’ll comment on the article in a separate comment from this pathetic one.

  4. ivanoiurares40 - Jun 25, 2013 at 1:48 PM

    Reblogged this on TheSlashDash.

  5. romosmicrodongs - Jun 25, 2013 at 1:56 PM

    seriously, anyone remember this crap?

    http://mobile.boston.com/sports/touching_all_the_bases/2011/09/espn_mag_delivers_all-boston_i

    lmfao

  6. heat256 - Jun 25, 2013 at 1:57 PM

    In this case, can Pat Riley let teams know he is willing to trade Juwan Howard for the rights to draft Andrew Wiggins? That’s about as plausible as someone offering a 1st rounder for an aging, expensive player.

    • andyhr17 - Jun 25, 2013 at 2:23 PM

      Have you seen this years draft class? A number 1 pick in the 20’s is really not all that valuable and well worth it for a team looking to add a veteran for a title run.

  7. romosmicrodongs - Jun 25, 2013 at 1:58 PM

    ‘americas most dominant sports team’ as the subtitle rofl

  8. pmx8411 - Jun 25, 2013 at 2:11 PM

    If Paul wants another title he should just take a big pay cut, head down to south beach and play back up role like Shuttlesworth

  9. udleerc - Jun 25, 2013 at 2:14 PM

    Seems like ray allen made a smart move

  10. 1heatedtoombrayduh - Jun 25, 2013 at 2:15 PM

    the celtics could always hire antoine walker; heard he’s looking to be a HC.

    He’ll have the whole starting 5 shooting 3’s from anywhere on the court..

    and his defense will be getting out and shooting more 3’s LOL

  11. rumar1989 - Jun 25, 2013 at 2:29 PM

    coltzfan166, don’t be a hater, My lakers have a great chance to be contenders the next couple of years, than

    your celtics do. I’m sorry that’s even more bad news for your team. Boston is officially in a rebuilding position.

    • andyhr17 - Jun 25, 2013 at 2:47 PM

      Celtics are rebuilding while the Lakers will endure another year of being a fringe playoff team with Kobe Bryant coming back from a major injury, a 39 year old point guard, a prima donna center who doesn’t know what the hell he wants to do with his career, and a coach that doesn’t fit at all with them. How is your situation any better?

      • kb2408 - Jun 25, 2013 at 3:40 PM

        The Celtics are “rebuilding ” what, a team that gets eliminated in the 1st rd? You and your fellow Celtic brethren are delusional! Why do you think Doc got the heck out of Boston? KG and Pierce can’t wait to leave either. Who’s next to jump off that sinking ship, Rondo?! Begging KG to go there in 2008 saved Ainge’s butt for a few years but his run is over. KG, or J. Shuttlesworth ain’t walking through those doors no time soon, sir.

  12. bougin89 - Jun 25, 2013 at 2:42 PM

    Can we officially discredit Milwaukee as a landing spot for Pierce? The last thing we need is a .500(or below) record, squeak into the playoffs only to get swept in the first round and miss out on next years stacked draft class. Let Jennings go in restricted free agency and let Henson and Sanders play and develop together and go pray that we can win the lottery or at the minimum a top 5 selection in next years draft. That really is our only hope.

  13. bigwii - Jun 25, 2013 at 3:24 PM

    The Celtics are in a good spot right now. They have a lot more options than most would think. They have what most rebuilding teams don’t with Rondo, a star player who can lead a team. A future all-star in Jeff Green if he plays like he did the last half of last season and the playoffs where he averaged over 20 points a game. They have a defensive stopper in Bradley, and a solid post player if he stays healthy in Sully. All of which are very young and still getting better.

    If they can swing a deal with Pierce that would be huge as much as I love Pierce and what he did for Boston all eras come to an end sometime. At this point 2 high second round picks that is a lot better than nothing and with 2 there’s good odds at least one ends up being at least a solid role player. KG is a hole different story but at this point with those picks a 1st rounder and the other young player they have that is a really good start, especially if they can add a Josh Smith. Smith and Rondo would be an airshow like no other. With Rondo, Bradley, Green, and Smith that would be a deadly defense and fast break offense.

    As far a a coach I would like to see Bernie Bickerstaff from Houston, he’s young and look what he did with a bunch of young players, one of the best offenses in the league. Imagine what he could do with what Boston has. Plus he is young and he can grow with the team. Good fit all around.

    • pantsfreezone - Jun 25, 2013 at 4:41 PM

      Except nobody wants to play with Rondo because he’s a douchebag, Bradley is overrated, Green shows up for one game out of five and Josh Smith is a terrible jumpshooting 4 which is just like Bass with better defense.

      The Celtics are going to trade Rondo and tank in an attempt to get as many 1st rounders for next year’s draft. If they don’t, this is 2004 all over again and they will fall back into being irrelevant again.

  14. goldmember21 - Jun 25, 2013 at 6:09 PM

    Exactly.. HEAT OWN the flakers haha!

  15. soundsofsuccess7 - Jun 25, 2013 at 7:11 PM

    @jamieeadams

    Dwight isn’t a superstar. He’s a mediocre center and not tough.

  16. shadowchronicler - Jun 25, 2013 at 10:16 PM

    I think the Celtics could pull off a late 1st round pick. Or they take the Cavs up on their offer. The Number 31 and 33 picks for Pierce. I say do it.

  17. paulhargis53 - Jun 26, 2013 at 8:52 AM

    Hey kb2408, care to make a bet on the titles part of your post…….oh wait a minute, you don’t honor bets when you lose them, nevermind…..

    Again, I see you still don’t get the cba stipulations. That you don’t get that most free agents aren’t going to move because of the $ they would leave on the table. That is what the cba is supposed to do, keep the superstars with their original team!

    You are such a nitwit. 40 years old and dumb as a bag of hammers.

    LeBron already took his one time less than market value contract, he isn’t doing it again.
    I really hope Howard leaves, because its going to take L.A. forever to recover from that. They’ll attract players, but the superstars are gonna stay put.

    They should use their draft picks to….oh, wait…..

    Lakers will stink for years to come.

  18. halfbaht - Jun 26, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    let the truth retire in clover green!

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