During the year Paul Pierce first entered the NBA with the Boston Celtics (1998), I:
- started using deodorant for the first time
- forgot to wear deodorant one day, but intelligently blamed it on the kid sitting next to me in social studies
- accidentally murdered three tamagotchi eggs
- thought instant messaging girls made me the coolest kid ever (but was too nervous to speak to those same girls in person)
- watched somebody named Garnett compete for the Celtics (first name: Marlon)
- loved Kenny Anderson as Boston’s point guard
Sadly, I’m not kidding about loving Kenny Anderson.
The point is that Pierce has been in Boston forever and a day. But the Celtics are reportedly “prepared to entertain offers” for the Truth. (CBS Sports)
The Celtics are prepared to entertain offers for Paul Pierce, whose subtraction from the Boston core would be the most advantageous to the post-Big Three rebuilding effort given his age (34) and the $32 million he’s owed over the next two seasons. And for those same reasons, he’ll be the most difficult of Boston’s top four players to move. The Clippers, indeed, have interest in Ray Allen, but little in the way of movable salary to make a deal work. Rival executives believe Celtics president Danny Ainge would have to be blown away by an offer to move point guard Rajon Rondo.
I’ll be very surprised if Ainge moves Pierce. Not because I think Ainge gives a rat’s posterior about loyalty, but because it will be difficult to find a trade that makes sense.