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Report: The Celtics nearly traded Paul Pierce to Dallas

The trade deadline passed two weeks ago, but the reports of alleged deals are still surfacing. Tonight, Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski says the Celtics nearly shipped Paul Pierce to Dallas in a three-team deal that would have netted them Josh Smith:

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.


I’ve often thought Josh Smith would excel under the tutelage of Doc Rivers and Kevin Garnett, but I hadn’t entertained the idea of shipping out Paul Pierce for him.

At 27, Smith is a tantalizing talent. But how much is it going to cost to re-sign him next season? Max money? No, thanks. I have to assume Danny Ainge was aware of the number and was okay with it.

Watching Pierce carry the team with his superb all-around play since Rajon Rondo’s season ending knee injury has me thankful that Ainge didn’t pull the trigger on this deal. I’m sentimental, who knew?

Ainge’s decision to nix the deal over the draft pick (likely to be late teens, early 20s) shows the enhanced value of 1st-rounders in the new luxury tax penalty heavy CBA.


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  • CoachBo

    Bullshit they did.

    Too many people take a shit thrower like Wojo at face value when he’s been missing a lot more fastballs than he’s been hitting lately.

    The Peter Vescey of vowels.

    • LAF

      Sad to see Wojo fall so far so quickly. Yahoo must be desperate as hell for clicks.

    • DD

      Agree 100% Was once a go to for NBA insider news, but now not so much.

    • CoachBo

      And right on cue.

      JackieMac says no such deal was ever discussed.

      LOL at anyone who takes Woj seriously. It must be a desperate search for Web clicks.

  • Certifiable

    We will just sign him in the off season and keep the draft pic no big deal. Danny Ferry should be fired, there’s no way Smith is resigning with Atlanta and he failed not getting anything for him.

    • ShawnCVD

      Ferry did a great job moving Johnson and still staying relevant.

  • Tyler

    This trade should have been made. The Celtics need to rebuild for the future.

    • LAF

      Yeah. And let’s play to win the lottery!

  • SamR

    Not a terrible offer, but a bit too much IMHO.

  • CoachAJ

    We have the biggest chance of anyone of signing Smith in the offseason. Why give up the Captain and a 1st rounder for him. Think next year we will possibly have PP, Smith and the 1st rounder(another young C).

    • Rhyso

      Lee + Bass + Melo + Crawford for Smith, sounds great

      • Rhysa

        sounds good? crazy

  • celtics242bahamas

    Wait until the off season to sign smith

  • Derek

    I don’t even see how this is possible from a cap standpoint. Dallas couldn’t take that money on

  • Josh Bird

    I don’t understand why people think you should trade your stars away for the future when they are still really good??…There is no guarantee that would help you in the future …can’t think of a time when a team did this and it actually worked out for the best…….why not keep your dedicated older stars….and when they want to retire you get their $$ off the cap…plus Smith would want that Max contract and you would lose a pick ……”SO CALLED BLOWING IT UP JUST DOESNT SEEEM LIKE A GOOD PLAN….LETS ENJOY THIS SEASON”!!

    • ShawnCVD

      Plus Ten Thousand! People sound like trophy counters not fans around here. A fan should be okay watching this team as assembled . They play hard and win more often than not. C’s are a type of team no one will want to face in the post season. Remove Truth and KG and this year would be forgotten.

  • gdratwa

    Sooo happy to see that deal not went down! #34 PP needs to ride out into the sunset in a Cs’ uniform.

  • LAF