Boston Celtics: Paul Pierce on the trading block

Jan. 7, 2013; New York, NY, USA; Boston Celtics small forward Paul Pierce (34) gestures to calm down against the New York Knicks during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Boston won 102-96. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

According to Ken Berger of CBS Sports, the Celtics have let it be known, that for the right price, team captain Paul Pierce can be had.

“The truth,” has spent his entire 14-year career in Boston. In 2008, he helped the team raise a record, 17th banner, earning Finals MVP.

Trading Pierce would mean parting with a seemingly irreplaceable member of the team’s core.

The Celtics are in the midst of a five-game win-streak. Thanks in large-part to Avery Bradley and the recent play of rookie Jared Sullinger; they are just five games out of first place.

However, questions remain about the team’s interior defense.

Pierce could be used to land a big man.

At 35 years old, he has noticeably lost a step-or-two, but the 14-year veteran is one of the best in the NBA at playing the game at his own pace. Averaging 19.6 points per game, he is Boston’s leading scorer.

He would be a significant addition to any team.

One scenario that comes to mind is a swap of Pierce for Rudy Gay. The Grizzlies new ownership is looking to save money but still be competitive. With a contract that has just $4 million guaranteed next season, he definitely fits the bill.

Odds are general manager Danny Ainge is simply doing his due-diligence. But should an offer too good to pass up come along, Pierce may be forced to don an unfamiliar uniform.

Stay tuned to KJG for the latest updates on who might be going where.

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