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Pierce wants to stay, up to Ainge to make it happen

Posted by shawn cassidy on May 4, 2013 at 5:45 AM



ESPN Boston

"That's up to [Celtics president of basketball operations] Danny [Ainge] and them," said Pierce. "I have no idea."

Pierce reiterated that he'll return for a 16th NBA season, whether it's in Boston or elsewhere. He was asked if a healthy Rajon Rondo and Jared Sullinger would be enough to boost Boston back to title contenders.

"That's a decision for the management," said Pierce. "Who knows what the future [holds]? I've been here 15 years and I've seen a lot of changes each and every year. So I'm sure there's going to be a lot of changes here and we'll see what happens."



I'm not digging the vibes, are you? Danny's comments of it will be hard to bring him back,and now Pierce is leaving it up to Ainge. It doesn't sound great. I would like to hear something much different from both parties, wouldn't you? The thing about Pierce? If he goes, so will KG. Kevin will not play any longer if he's partner  and crime is gone.



Garnett, who will turn 37 later this month and just completed his 18th NBA season, said it was simply too early to know whether the trio will be back in Boston next season.

"I haven't really thought about it, to be honest with you. I'm kind of digesting , obviously, the current, and Doc came to me, pulled Paul and I to the side and all three of us agreed to speak later -- too emotional," said Garnett. "Obviously, it was a big game, tough loss, especially at home. But more importantly in the future, it's a different day for that conversation."

While Garnett swatted away most inquiries about his future, he spoke strongly about how the organization's decision on whether to retain Pierce, whose contract is only $5 million guaranteed and could be an amnesty candidate, could play into his status.

"One of the big reasons I came [to Boston] was because of Paul," said Garnett. "Obviously, you want to be in a situation where it's better. I want to make sure that I'm able to always help a team. I want to be in positions to where I'm giving something. I demand a lot of myself, both physically and from a skill level. But I'd be lying to y'all if I said Paul didn't play into that factor. Like I said, it's too soon of a conversation for me right now."


This is bad for Ainge, He will have to deal with losing both KG and Pierce. Will he take that chance. I honestly believe Pierce is overpaid at this point, but do I want his contract to be  on the amnesty side of the game? No I do not! I think what the Celtics really need to do is sit Paul down,and Doc for that matter. He needs to step away as the leader of this team, not in an emotional way, but on the court. Green out worked,and out shined Pierce in this series, and when the Celtics needed clutch plays it was Green. Rondo and Green could build something special, and I believe for one more season. Paul Pierce,and KG can be apart of that. But what about Doc?



As for Rivers, who has three years remaining on a five-year, $35 million extension, he said he'll take a step back before making a decision about his own future.

"I don't think about any of that stuff," said Rivers. "Danny knows me pretty well. I immerse myself; that's the only way I can do it, probably to a fault. Pretty much unlivable during the year. So I don't know. Danny knows he gives me at least a week to do just whatever I do -- and I don't know what I do, sit and watch cartoons or something -- then we'll talk about it. But Danny has already worked on [offseason planning]. He never shows me. I don't want to hear it, I don't want to see it, I don't want to know anything. We'll figure it all out, and we'll see."


I think Doc will come back. But wouldn't it be nice to not worry about this stuff. Every season it's something. If it's not trades,it's who will retire,or whatever is out there. If the band is back together, count Terry in.


"What I hope we take from this experience into next year is to play with passion and heart every night," Jason Terry said.


I'm excited for the return of Rondo,but I worry about the future and present of this team. Who's ready to let go of KG and Pierce? Not this guy!



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13 Comments

Reply Birdman33
12:38 PM on May 4, 2013 
Ainge is in a hard place,want to see Pierce stay,but I hate how much he makes.
Reply Celticslifer
2:00 PM on May 4, 2013 
Pierce needs to redo his contract! He's aged greatly this season,and he's not the man,but a very effective player still,not 15 million good.
Reply paul
5:58 PM on May 4, 2013 
15 million? If Pierce won't come down on that, then he's the one forcing Danny's hand. Let's call it what it is.
Reply GeeZeeCeltics
6:03 PM on May 4, 2013 
paul says...
15 million? If Pierce won't come down on that, then he's the one forcing Danny's hand. Let's call it what it is.


Pierce cannot do that under NBA rules. Only way he can take a pay cut is if Danny buys him out and then resigns him using his Bird Rights. Then again, that does little to help us -- we'll be over the cap either way, I think.
Reply paul
6:18 PM on May 4, 2013 
GeeZeeCeltics says...
Pierce cannot do that under NBA rules. Only way he can take a pay cut is if Danny buys him out and then resigns him using his Bird Rights. Then again, that does little to help us -- we'll be over the cap either way, I think.


I was wondering how cap plays into all this. You may be right. Then again, how can the intricacies of all this be worked?
Reply GeeZeeCeltics
6:40 PM on May 4, 2013 
paul says...
I was wondering how cap plays into all this. You may be right. Then again, how can the intricacies of all this be worked?


Well, other than Pierce taking a discount way under his value, I don't think there's much to gain by getting his contract down. Only thing it could do is make trading him easier, which is something I don't really want to think about.
Reply rcraig617
7:52 PM on May 4, 2013 
I actually think paul is making 16 mil next yr but either way 15 or 16 is way too much when rondo is making 9 mil a yr and he's better then pierce. We gave paul a backloaded contract and didn't realize the bargaining agreement would make it harder to go over the cap. Kobe is due 30 mil next yr lol lakers are in a worse position then us.
Reply paul
8:24 PM on May 4, 2013 
I think Paul needs to take a major cut. This 16 million is utterly stupid at this point. IF he won't, then in my view, he is the one forcing Ainge's hand. Or is he just happy continuing to make that money on a team that gets worse and worse, ruining Rondo's prime by the way?
Reply C'slife
8:33 PM on May 4, 2013 
paul says...
I think Paul needs to take a major cut. This 16 million is utterly stupid at this point. IF he won't, then in my view, he is the one forcing Ainge's hand. Or is he just happy continuing to make that money on a team that gets worse and worse, ruining Rondo's prime by the way?


Paul honestly should make less then 16 or 15. I agree that they need to think of Rondo. When it comes down to it. Paul is on the last year, and either way. If he takes a buyout or whatever it won't really help things. If the Celtics cut all ties,that won't gain anything, because they still will be very close to the cap if not over.
Reply paul
8:35 PM on May 4, 2013 
I really want to see Pierce stay with the Cs, but he and Danny need to sit down TOGETHER, and some sacrifices need to be made. But right now, they seem to be both trying to pass the burden off onto the other.
Reply rcraig617
9:29 PM on May 4, 2013 
I'm not sure if you can restructure your contract in the nba I know you can in the nfl but if there's any type of way paul needs to do so.
Reply GeeZeeCeltics
8:28 AM on May 5, 2013 
Pierce CANNOT restructure his contract. He either plays this one out for the current money or is bought out. What I said earlier about the Bird Rights isn't true either, I made an error. Truth plays for 15 million or doesn't play at all, it appears.

Effectively, the choice for Danny is this: do you bid Garnett and Pierce farewell or do you keep them here and stay competitive? I haven't taken a good look at the people available on the market yet, so I can't speculate. But I think bringing them back could make sense.
Reply paul
12:16 PM on May 5, 2013 
I'm sorry, GeeZee, but I"m not just taking your word on this, or anyone else's. What I know is that the rules are complicated, and that a lot of maneuvering can be done with them, and what I see is two guys trying to blame each other for the impasse.

But I'll say this: if it really is a choice between paying Pierce the 15 million and letting him go or trading him, I would rather see him stay. Keep him, Rondo and KG. Loyalty does matter.

But what I see is two guys throwing the burden on each other for figuring out this situation.