I was going to write a piece about how the Celtics should make sure not to overpay Pierce. It’s time for cold, hard logic and not sentimentality, ya know?
I don’t want Pierce going anywhere, but… I’d rather not overpay him, flush the C’s future down the toilet, and then see Pierce hobbling around the court three years down the road while making $18 million. Pierce is a very good player, but anyone who thinks he’s still in his prime is nuts. He’s clearly lost a step, no longer dominates and he’s not getting any younger, folks.
So I was going to write about all that, but WEEI’s Kirk Minihane beat me to it. Kirk explains everything you need to know about Pierce’s potential opt-out and the ensuing situation facing the Celtics, concluding:
Is the smart move to work out an extension with the Celtics?
Makes too much sense not to happen, doesn’t it? Can’t Ainge and Jeff Schwartz (Pierce’s agent) find a number of years and dollars that work for both sides? How about three years and $42 million? Gives the Celtics some cap room over the next few years and Pierce keeps face with a solid extension. Pierce may not be the player he was a couple of years ago, but he’s still be decent value at that contract. And he gets one more payday before what will be a hugely restrictive CBA kicks in.
If I’m Danny that’s my best and final offer. Three years, $42 million. If Pierce doesn’t think that’s enough? You shake hands, wish him well, and get started on the rebuild. Remember, only so much room today for sentimentality.
In a perfect world Pierce would opt out, the C’s would sign both him and Ray Allen to two-year deals, and the Big Three’s contracts would all expire in 2012, at which time the Celtics could reload for the future.
Sadly, the world isn’t perfect. Which might be why the Knicks reportedly think Joe Johnson is a better player than Lebron James. I’m not even kidding. Whatever the Knicks front office (and the reporter who wrote the story) is smoking, please keep it away from my little brothers.