Celtics Were Close To Trading Paul Pierce
The idea of Paul Pierce in an Dallas Mavericks uniform just seems wrong. Yet apparently it was closer to happening than we knew.
Celtics GM Danny Ainge was listening to offers and talking about maybe blowing up Boston and restarting, but the conventional wisdom was he wouldnt go through with it. But he almost did, reports Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports.
"Before the trade deadline passed, the Boston Celtics had one final choice to make on the franchises future: In a three-way deal that wouldve secured Josh Smith and surrendered Paul Pierce to Dallas, Atlanta wanted Bostons first-round draft pick, too.
Nevertheless, Boston wouldnt relent on the pick and the deal died on meeting-room grease boards in three cities."
Dallas with a season of Paul Pierce and Dirk Nowitzki together next season, working in a rotation with Vince Carter, would have been interesting but a little old in a West with the Thunder on top. But that deal would have fit with their plan of shorter term deals (Pierce has one year after this). Atlanta would have gotten some more pieces for its rebuilding effort.
Its all speculation now, the deal never went down. Which is probably best in Boston.
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