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Would the Boston Celtics actually trade Paul Pierce? We have written about it in the past and reports recently have suggested that the team is open to trading him, provided that they receive the right offer back in return. It is unclear as to what they would be looking for in return but one would assume young talent would be at the top of GM Danny Ainge’s list. Think someone like Bradley Beal of the Washington Wizards or Derrick Favors of the Utah Jazz. Beal is not a realistic candidate at all as Washington probably wants to build around him and it is quite doubtful that they would ever trade him to a fellow Eastern Conference team. Favors would be more realistic, but it also seems unlikely that Utah would trade him. Either way, this is the type of player Boston would surely covet in any move, while it remains questionable as to whether or not any team would mortgage a key future piece for Pierce.
If the Celtics could get this type of player, it would be in their best interest to make the move. Do they still have a shot at championship? Sure they do, but it is the smallest of windows and the team would need so many things to go in their way for this to happen. Acquiring a talent like Beal or Favors allows the team to rebuild on the fly and still remain competitive. That situation truly is the best of both worlds for the team and Ainge certainly is not afraid to make a move if it means improving his roster.
Paul Pierce is indeed on the trading block so to speak, but it appears very doubtful that the team would ever seriously consider moving him.