End of an era in Boston?: Garnett considering retirement, Pierce planning for relocation
A source has told the Boston Globe that Pierce "is already beginning to prepare for relocation from Boston." Though the thought of Pierce playing for anyone other than the Celtics - who he has been with since being drafted 10th overall in 1998 - seems inconceivable, it is becoming a very realistic possibility. If Pierce does end up leaving Boston, his last game as a Celtic will have been a 4-for-18 shooting performance in an elimination game against the rival New York Knicks - not a very fitting exit for one of the franchise's greatest players.
If Garnett and Pierce aren't in Boston next season, the Celtics will likely move forward with stellar point guard Rajon Rondo and 26-year-old small forward Jeff Green - who received a $36.24 million contract last summer - as their core for the time being. The Celtics have two 2012 first-round picks in Jared Sullinger and Fab Melo, though Sullinger has some serious injury concerns and Melo spent most of his rookie year in the D-League.
The Celtics will have some big shoes to fill and rebuilding to do if the legendary Pierce/Garnett era does come to an end.