The team also is focusing on the future of Paul Pierce. Come June 30, the Celtics have to buy him out for $5 million or his $15.3 million contract becomes guaranteed.
League sources said that while Pierce is 35 and had a poor showing in the Celtics’ final two playoff games, there is better-than-average interest in him on the trade market. Specifically, those sources said, playoff teams that are looking to make a deeper postseason push consider Pierce’s scoring and veteran presence valuable.
Forget the horrible turnovers and 36% shooting vs the Knicks. Paul Pierce can be a significant contributor to a championship contending team.
There hasn’t been a lot of chatter about Pierce since the rumored Eric Gordon for Pierce/Avery Bradley swap.
One rumor that doesn’t make any sense to me comes via Cleveland:
The Cavs have likely spoken to the Celtics about small forward Paul Pierce’s availability. The latest rumor is the Cavs offering their two second-round picks for the 35-year-old Pierce. Pierce’s $15.3 million contract for next year would become guaranteed if he’s dealt.
Two 2nd round picks aren’t exactly better-than-average trade value. Plus, I can’t imagine Pierce will be happy playing in Cleveland.
It’s so hard to predict the future of Paul Pierce with Doc Rivers holding the franchise hostage.