The Boston Celtics are inevitably entering a rebuilding stage, and veteran players such as Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce are not going to be around forever. With an aging roster at hand, the Celtics’ GM Danny Ainge has a lot of decisions to make this summer, including whether he wants to keep one of the most loyal players the franchise has ever had.
According to Masslive.com, Pierce might be coming to terms with the fact that he has played his last game in a Celtics uniform:
“I don’t think they will (bring Pierce back),” Dickerson said Sunday on CSNNE. “And I know that the company that Paul Pierce hangs around in, they do not believe – and I don’t think Paul Pierce believes – that he is going to be brought back next year at $15 million. I know for a fact that people around Paul Pierce have pretty much resigned themselves to the fact that he’s played his final game in a Boston Celtics uniform. Again, Paul wants to stay – obviously for $15 million, but he wants to finish his career in a Celtics uniform.”
Paul still has a contract for next year, but only a third of his $15M salary is guaranteed, which essentially allows Boston to release him and free up cap space. If Pierce was to leave the team, it is hard seeing Garnett sticking around. KG isn’t getting younger, and while he does have a no-trade clause in his contract, without Pierce around he would probably either waive that clause or choose to retire.