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Celtics trade rumors: Ainge testing market for Pierce

1/13/13 in NBA   |   IvanRogers   |   1352 respect

With the Boston Celtics plummeting to 8th seed in the Eastern Conference, every eye is set on president of basketball operations Danny Ainge to shift into damage control mode. And it just might be that answer could bring drastic changes to the Boston Celtics roster. Several sources are reporting that Danny Ainge has been shopping Paul Pierce for potential trade offers.
 
In fact, many team executives are leaning towards shaking up the roster by trading key assets. Los Angeles Lakers’ Pau Gasol, New York Knicks’ Amar’e Soudemire and Toronto Raptors’ Andrea Bargnani have also are just a few of the big names that recently generated possible trade interest. But in each of the above mentioned scenario, only one potential trade doesn’t pose a losing contract going back to the interested party. That maybe Paul Pierce, whose championship experience and sharp shooting is equally matched by a $15.3 million salary of which only $4 million is guaranteed for next season.
 
But since Avery Bradley’s return provided the Boston Celtics with a reliable scoring asset, Danny Ainge has been considering the future of the remnants of the 2007-08 championship team. League sources believe that the Boston Celtics recently opened roster spots by waiving Kris Joseph and Jarvis Varnado to create flexibility for taking back remaining contracts of assets in a trade. However, if Danny Ainge decides to putt off the trade, the Boston Celtics could be revisiting that idea in the draft or during free agency.
 
Memory serves that this is not the first time the Boston Celtics allegedly put Paul Pierce on the trade block. Around last trade deadline, Danny Ainge nearly shipped Paul Pierce to the then-New Jersey Nets before deciding to keep the Boston Celtics’ Big Threes united for another playoffs run. Danny Ainge’s reservation over giving up in a haste on a big part of Boston Celtics’ era of success ultimately paid off when they made to the Eastern Conference Finals last postseason, only to lose the series to eventual NBA champions the Miami Heat.
 
Despite Danny Ainge’s confidence in the unit a year ago the Boston Celtics’ struggles have advanced making a similar approach that more difficult. The offensive side of the ball has been the Boston Celtics’ Achilles heel this season, as they ranked 21st in the NBA this season after averaging 95.2 points per game.
 
Though the Boston Celtics have missed the big scoring numbers Paul Pierce drew n every night, he’s been surprisingly consistent, averaging 19.5 points per game. Paul Pierce’s body has finally caught up with his age as the Boston Celtics ha lacked putting up his former show stopping numbers.
 
But for the Boston Celtics, Paul Pierce still has a lot of value of the trade block based on his championship experience, solid leadership skills and confidence to step into a big role for the team when he is needed.
 
If Danny Ainge finally announces putting up Paul Pierce on the trade block there will be enough interested parties to guarantee that he won’t be available on the market for long.
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