When reporters spoke to the Boston Celtics before yesterday’s game against the Golden St. Warriors, Paul Pierce joked with them about still being in Boston as the trade deadline approached. Reporters thought he was kidding, and he probably was, but the comments might have had serious undertones.
According to ESPN’s Chris Broussard (Insider), the Celtics offered Paul Pierce to the Portland Trail Blazers.
While Boston Celtics boss Danny Ainge has said Rajon Rondo will not be traded, he is still actively seeking offers for members of the Big Three. The Celtics offered Paul Pierce to Portland — I’m not sure what they asked for in return — but the Blazers were not interested because of the two years and $32 million remaining on Pierce’s contract.
The Blazers are positioning themselves to have tons of cap room this summer and they don’t want to do anything to eliminate their space as they try to rebuild around LaMarcus Aldridge and Nicolas Batum. The Blazers continue to shop the rest of their roster, particularly Gerald Wallace, Raymond Felton, Marcus Camby and Jamal Crawford.
Be prepared for a wild ride until 3:00 p.m.