Celtics Unlikely To Buy Out Paul Pierce (Pg. 2)

Celtics Unlikely To Buy Out Paul Pierce (Pg. 2)

Postby Kobe8Fan on Sun Aug 05, 2012 6:52 pm

Paul Pierce Not Interested In Signing Extension

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Paul Pierce has played all 14 of his NBA seasons with the Boston Celtics, but he is not seeking an extension on his current contract, preferring to become a free agent when it expires, according to the Boston Globe.

Pierce, 34, is under contract through 2013-2014, but it’s not guaranteed as a team option.

“I think I am going to play this one out,” he told the Globe. “I want to see what it feels like to be a free agent for once in my life. I think I am going to play this one out. A lot can change in two years. My body [may not] be where I want it to be, I could retire, a lot of things could happen. I love the game. I made as much money as I possibly can. It’s about winning a championship and if I feel like it’s the right thing to do, maybe so [come back]. If I solidify my third year, maybe they opt out, so it’s about keeping your options open.”

His decision about whether to stay with the Celtics may depend on what other pieces the Celtics have then.

Ray Allen left to join the Miami Heat, and coach Doc Rivers might be ready to walk away from the NBA sometime soon. Kevin Garnett signed a three-year extension this summer, but he is 36 years old.

Pierce was put on the trading block last season before general manager Danny Ainge decided to keep the team together for another run.


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Re: Paul Pierce Not Interested In Signing Extension

Postby Texas Lakers Fan on Sun Aug 05, 2012 8:11 pm

He's probably done after 2014. In 2014 we'll probably see alot of all time greats retire. Two of our own Kobe and Nash, KG and Pierce in Boston, Duncan and Ginobli in San Antonio, and Nowitzki in Dallas.
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Re: Paul Pierce Unwilling To Be Part Of Rebuilding Situation

Postby Kobe8Fan on Thu Feb 07, 2013 10:07 am

Paul Pierce Unwilling To Be Part Of Rebuilding Situation

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By Steve Bulpett / Boston Herald

TORONTO — Before we get to the part that is certain to be sliced, diced and placed under an electron microscope — comments that will invite words to be read between their lines — it is important to know this: Paul Pierce is thoroughly committed to the Celtics and what they’re presently trying to do.

Even with Rajon Rondo and Jared Sullinger down and out for the season, the captain still believes . . . even as he acknowledges the possibility that what comes next may not be conducive to his own goals and may force him to finish his career elsewhere.

But back to now. Pierce is intent on leaving an omelet on the face of all those who think the Celts are sunk.

“No doubt,” he said yesterday of his motives. “I honestly feel this team could do something special beyond what anybody could probably believe. I feel like the talent that’s in this room, based on when I look at the East — even with the circumstances with the injuries — can still win. When I see how we play against a Miami and I see how we play vs. the Clippers and just what we’ve got, I still feel like we can compete with anybody in the league.

“You know, this could be one of those special stories that come around every so many years.”

Still, while a short time later, Kevin Garnett continued to be more cryptic about his own situation, Pierce spelled out his clearly. Sitting precisely where he had 10 months earlier when he told the Herald he would consider retirement following the 2011-12 season, he said the matter will again be open.

“I’m at the point in my career where I’ve got to evaluate it each and every year,” Pierce said. “It’s all based on the situation and based on what I want out of this game still. I mean, I’ve still got a lot of love for the game. I’m still very motivated. But there’s other factors.

“I mean, I really don’t want to be part of a rebuilding situation again. I just think at this point in time that’s something that would wear on me too much mentally that I don’t know what decision I may make if I have to. I may retire if I have to. You know, that’s something that’s a year-end process, especially given the situation that we have right now.”

According to Pierce, his call will be dictated by the direction the Celtics take moving forward. And while he has stated strongly that he would like to end his career with the club, he opened the door wide to the possibility he could finish elsewhere.

“It’s all on what they plan on doing,” said Pierce. “If they try to go into a rebuild mode, then, you know, I don’t know if I want to be a part of that. But that’s up to them and what they need to do. I don’t want to go out on a rebuild mode.

“I want an opportunity to at least try to win another championship, simple and plain. And if that’s not going to be here — if that’s going to be somewhere else — so be it. That’s what it has to be. I mean, even the greatest players played for other franchises.

“And sometimes it’s not about the player; it’s about the franchise moving forward and doing what they feel is best for them. And players have their agendas, too, as far as older players as they wind down their career wanting to finish on successful teams.”

Pierce still believes he could accomplish that with the Celtics, but it’s fair to say, too, he knows where his suitcase is should management decide to take the club in a reconstructive direction.


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Re: Paul Pierce Unwilling To Be Part Of Rebuilding Situation

Postby therealdeal on Thu Feb 07, 2013 10:32 am

This dude is a jerk.

I hope he finds his way to Miami with all the other retirees.

Not really though... that'd make them really good.
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Re: Paul Pierce Unwilling To Be Part Of Rebuilding Situation

Postby Rooscooter on Thu Feb 07, 2013 12:54 pm

^^He's a jerk..... and he's from LA. What would be a better "Jerk" thing to do than go to your teams biggest rival.

Don't be surprised if he tries to "hang on" here or on the Clips for another title.
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Re: Paul Pierce Unwilling To Be Part Of Rebuilding Situation

Postby wcsoldier81 on Thu Feb 07, 2013 12:55 pm

WOW is this guy serious ? Celtprick pride they say :man10:
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Re: Paul Pierce Unwilling To Be Part Of Rebuilding Situation

Postby therealdeal on Thu Feb 07, 2013 12:59 pm

Rooscooter wrote:^^He's a jerk..... and he's from LA. What would be a better "Jerk" thing to do than go to your teams biggest rival.

Don't be surprised if he tries to "hang on" here or on the Clips for another title.

I actually wouldn't mind him here at all if he's willing to come super cheap and maybe play as a sixth man or something. He's an A-hole but he's a good basketball player. He's just insanely slow now and a pretty awful defender. He's basically the mirror image of Artest. :man10: Older, slower, but still good at what they were born to do; one a scorer and the other a defender.
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Re: Paul Pierce Unwilling To Be Part Of Rebuilding Situation

Postby retro_nights on Thu Feb 07, 2013 1:18 pm

don't get the hate, honestly. Kobe would say the same things. Who wants to rebuild in the final years of their career?
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Re: Paul Pierce Unwilling To Be Part Of Rebuilding Situation

Postby 432J on Thu Feb 07, 2013 3:03 pm

he'll be done after next season

and i wouldn't be surprised if he ends up in miami. there's no way he'll come to LA, he may be from there but he's a villain in his own hometown. stay in boston with your wheelchair you POS
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Re: Paul Pierce Unwilling To Be Part Of Rebuilding Situation

Postby Congo Cash on Sat Feb 09, 2013 7:49 am

He won't be part of the rebuilding phase because they will get rid of him...
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Celtics and Nets Talk Trade For Paul Pierce

Postby Kobe8Fan on Thu Feb 21, 2013 1:34 am

Celtics and Nets Talk Trade For Paul Pierce

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By Adrian Wojnarowski

The Boston Celtics and Brooklyn Nets have discussed a trade for Celtics star Paul Pierce, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

The Nets' willingness to a deal centered on forward Kris Humphries, guard MarShon Brooks and a first-round draft pick, but the Celtics want a more substantial package to consider moving Pierce, league sources said.

"The Celtics still highly value Pierce and it wouldn't make sense to trade him for that kind of a package if they're keeping Kevin Garnett," one league source said.

Boston has shown interest in forward Mirza Teletovic and securing another possible first-round pick, but the Nets have shown no inclination to pay that steep of a price for Pierce.

The Nets and Celtics discussed a deal for Pierce at the 2012 trade deadline, but the Celtics decided to keep him for another playoff run. Pierce, 35, is averaging 18 points for the Celtics this season, shooting his worst from the field – 41 percent – in the past eight seasons.

Boston had interest in guard C.J. Watson in a separate deal, but Brooklyn doesn't want to part with him, sources said.

For now, the Los Angeles Clippers have terminated talks with the Boston Celtics on a Kevin Garnett for Eric Bledsoe and DeAndre Jordan trade, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

The Celtics have been eager to continue the conversation on the deal, but league sources said the talks will remain dormant unless Clippers star Chris Paul pushes the issue with management.

Several prominent executives and coaches with championship contenders told Yahoo! Sports they believe the Clippers would become more dangerous with Garnett.

Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro is a proponent of the deal, too, sources said.

The Celtics won't consider moving Garnett to the Clippers for any other combination of players, and won't revisit the talks unless Bledsoe and Jordan are in the package, sources said.

Boston hasn't approached Garnett to waive his no-trade clause without an agreement in place, but there's strong belief he would ultimately agree to it. What's more, Boston could simply trade Paul Pierce and leave Garnett with even less desire to finish his career with a young, rebuilding roster.

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Boston is balancing the parallel considerations of finding a way to add to its core for a playoff run, or disassembling its aging veterans to start the process of rebuilding again.

If the Celtics trade Garnett before the deadline, they would move Pierce, too, sources said. For the Celtics, the chance to get Bledsoe and Jordan could be a prelude to trying to package Pierce in a possible deal to the Atlanta Hawks for Josh Smith, sources said.

The Hawks also have discussed sending Pierce onto a third team in some previous conversations around the league. The Nets are trying to make a deal for Smith, too, and have offered Kris Humphries, MarShon Brooks, and either a future first-round pick or the draft rights to Croatian Bojan Bogdanovic, sources said.


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Re: Celtics and Nets Talk Trade For Paul Pierce

Postby JSM on Fri Mar 08, 2013 5:39 pm

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo wrote:Before the trade deadline passed, the Boston Celtics had one final choice to make on the franchise's future: In a three-way deal that would've secured Josh Smith and surrendered Paul Pierce to Dallas, Atlanta wanted Boston's first-round draft pick, too.

As much as any of the proposed deals discussed in February, perhaps this had been the closest Pierce had come to parting with the Celtics, sources told Yahoo! Sports.

Dallas had constructed a package that included Jae Crowder, Brandan Wright and Dahntay Jones to Atlanta, with the Mavericks and Hawks exchanging positions in the 2013 NBA draft.

Nevertheless, Boston wouldn't relent on the pick and the deal died on meeting-room grease boards in three cities. Celtics coach Doc Rivers has always understood that general manager Danny Ainge's reshaping of the roster is inevitable, but he's never been in a hurry to lord over a rebuild.
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Re: Cuban nearly landed Pierce at the deadline

Postby Chillbongo on Fri Mar 08, 2013 6:05 pm

Pierce for Smith? That sounds like a good deal for Boston.

If it did end up being a 3-way, and this went down I would have been shell shocked. ATL got a much better offer from PHI.
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Re: Paul Pierce Unwilling To Be Part Of Rebuilding Situation

Postby puffyusaf#2 on Fri Mar 08, 2013 7:49 pm

Rooscooter wrote:^^He's a jerk..... and he's from LA. What would be a better "Jerk" thing to do than go to your teams biggest rival.

Don't be surprised if he tries to "hang on" here or on the Clips for another title.


I thought the same thing.
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Re: Cuban nearly landed Pierce at the deadline

Postby gcclaker on Sat Mar 09, 2013 11:23 am

Don't we need someone at the SF position? :man1:
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Re: Paul Pierce Unwilling To Be Part Of Rebuilding Situation

Postby MixtapeLive on Sat Mar 09, 2013 5:59 pm

retro_nights wrote:don't get the hate, honestly. Kobe would say the same things. Who wants to rebuild in the final years of their career?


Not really Kobe's said that he wouldn't leave the Lakers anymore, he's accomplished enough. he still wants that 6th ring but if it's not with the Lakers then it's not gonna be anywhere else. Mad respect for that. Although a lot easier to say that when you've won 5 times and you've got the legacy of Kobe lol.
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Re: Cuban nearly landed Pierce at the deadline

Postby therealdeal on Sun Mar 10, 2013 6:54 pm

Dallas had constructed a package that included Jae Crowder, Brandan Wright and Dahntay Jones to Atlanta, with the Mavericks and Hawks exchanging positions in the 2013 NBA draft.


Damn that's a solid trade all around. I don't know why Boston thought so highly of their late 1st round pick. I don't think that's a great return for Smith though. They must have really wanted to move him.
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Buyout For Paul Pierce?

Postby Kobe8Fan on Fri May 03, 2013 2:06 am

Danny Ainge: Celtics Face 'Very Hard' Decision On Whether To Buyout Paul Pierce

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By A. Sherrod Blakely
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NEW YORK — Danny Ainge has no doubts about whether Paul Pierce still has quality basketball left in him.

Whether he'll be playing those final seasons in Boston remains to be seen.

Ainge and the C's have an option to buy out Pierce for $5 million, which would provide the C's a savings of more than $10 million.

Ainge told CSNNE.com prior to Boston's 92-86 Game 5 win on Wednesday night that whatever the team decides to do with Pierce during the offseason - keep him, trade him or buy him out - it will be one of the toughest calls he has had to make.

"What's important to understand, yeah, it's going to be hard for fans and everybody else, but as far as what's doing what's best for the Celtics, it's probably going to be very hard, too," Ainge told CSNNE.com. "It's not a no-brainer. It's not like you get a 21-year-old All-Star player, or you get the number one pick in the draft [if you let Pierce go]. Those decisions would not be hard, but I have a feeling the decision is going to be very hard, yeah."

As far as whether he is leaning one way or another, Ainge made it clear that no decision on Pierce's future had been made.

"I have not even discussed that with anyone within our franchise yet," Ainge said. "So that's something for like a few weeks from now to contemplate."

While Pierce said Wednesday morning that he had not given his future too much thought, it's clear that he plans to finish his career off with the only team he has known even if that means a short detour between now and the time he decides to call it quits.

"The organization is going to do what it has to do," Pierce said. "It's nothing that's stressing me out; that's what it is. Every year, they have decisions to make. And those are their decisions, so I leave it to them."

Pierce added, "the decision is in their hands. Whatever decision they make, maybe if they trade me somewhere or I end up somewhere else, maybe it can end up a situation where I come back for a one-day deal and retire a Celtic."

Ainge wasn't much of a mood to stroll down memory lane too much when it came to Pierce and what he has meant to the Celtics franchise. But there's no mistaking his deep admiration and respect for what Pierce has done for the Celtics, and what he has the ability to continue doing in the NBA.

Pierce showed flashes of that in Wednesday's Celtics victory, overcoming a slow 0-for-6 start shooting the ball to finish with 16 points on 6-for-19 shooting to go with four rebounds and three assists.

The one downside of Pierce's game was him racking up yet again a high number of turnovers. The Captain has turned the ball over at least five times in each of the C's five playoff games.

But when Ainge looks at Pierce's body of work this season, the positives far outweigh the negatives.

"Paul has given his heart and soul," said Ainge, who acknowledged prior to the game that Pierce has turned the ball over too much. "He's trying to do too much; he's trying to carry an unnecessary burden, but that's only because he cares; he's just trying. I have no criticism of Paul. I know he's capable of playing even better, and I know he still has a lot of basketball left in him."

But will that basketball be played in a Celtics jersey?


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Re: Buyout For Paul Pierce?

Postby abeer3 on Fri May 03, 2013 10:58 am

"It's not a no-brainer. It's not like you get a 21-year-old All-Star player, or you get the number one pick in the draft [if you let Pierce go]. Those decisions would not be hard, but I have a feeling the decision is going to be very hard, yeah."


though honest, that's a little insulting to a guy who's given your franchise what pierce has given them.

had boston not overcommitted to guys like lee, bass, and terry, i think moving pierce or cutting him might have been a more realistic option. as it stands, i don't see why boston would do it.
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Re: Buyout For Paul Pierce?

Postby Chillbongo on Fri May 03, 2013 11:24 am

Great, is he going to the heat now? Or worse, the Clippers
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Re: Buyout For Paul Pierce?

Postby retro_nights on Fri May 03, 2013 1:09 pm

Ainge is doing exactly what he said the Celtics of old did with Bird, Mchale, etc.

Holding on too long.
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Re: Buyout For Paul Pierce?

Postby Doc Brown on Fri May 03, 2013 1:16 pm

Turtle Man. "YEEEE YEEEE".

Nevermind this is the guy that looks like a turtle, not the one that tracks em down.
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Re: Buyout For Paul Pierce?

Postby Rooscooter on Fri May 03, 2013 1:32 pm

Chillbongo wrote:Great, is he going to the heat now? Or worse, the Clippers


It could be a lot worse....... It could be us!!

This is the kind of bandaid approach we've taken in the past
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Re: Buyout For Paul Pierce?

Postby abeer3 on Fri May 03, 2013 4:49 pm

if the lakers could actually get pierce (which they can't), i'd be thrilled. he's better than any wing on the market, even at his age. this is why boston wouldn't cut him.
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Re: Buyout For Paul Pierce?

Postby Rooscooter on Fri May 03, 2013 8:37 pm

^^I don't think you've been watching Celtics games this year....

The absolute last thing we need is another broke down old has been..... Even if was healthy and serviceable (which I don't think is the case) he isn't a difference maker for our team.
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