From Woj (who else?)
The Boston Celtics and Brooklyn Nets have discussed a trade for Celtics star Paul Pierce, league sources told Yahoo! Sports. The Nets’ offer 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.
Sorry Brooklyn, Humph and Brooks plus a pick won’t do it no matter what the situation as far as I’m concerned. Humphries is a good rebounder, but Brooks’ “promise” isn’t as promising as it was before.
And here’s the issue that has ALWAYS been the issue. The Celtics value Pierce more highly than other teams. Sure, Brooklyn would love to have a veteran scorer and stabilizing force on a team that’s trying like hell to be taken seriously. But they’re not going to give up what the Celtics want to sell their team, and the fans, on letting a career Celtic go.
The C’s apparently asked for Teletovic and a second 1st round pick…. which is too much for the Nets blood. I think this is probably the last year we’ll see Pierce and Garnett in Boston… but the Celtics won’t just give either guy away.