The Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Clippers have been discussing a blockbuster trade over the past 48 hours to send Celtics Head Coach Doc Rivers and forward Kevin Garnett to Los Angeles. The Celtics certainly could execute this trade any day now, but it is starting to appear more and more likely that Captain Paul Pierce will be shown the door regardless of the situation. The Celtics organization, including GM Danny Ainge and Owner Wyc Grousbeck, have until the end of June to decide whether to exercise his contract, buy him out, or explore trading him to another franchise. If the Celtics buy him out, they save $5 million. If they keep him on board, it would trigger a $15 million option. That is just not a well thought out business plan by an entity. There is no way on this Earth that Pierce is still worth a double figure annual salary. Did anyone watch the playoffs this season? He clearly looked like a guy on a serious decline. But who can blame him? He is going to be in his late 30s next year, and committing that type of money to a guy on a decline is just not smart business.
There is no question that Pierce’s departure would upset a large percentage of the Celtics fan base, and quite frankly, no one can criticize anyone feeling that way. However, this is a business, and the Celtics need to rebuild and plan for the future, something that becomes a lot easier with Pierce no longer on board.
The Celtics have serious decisions to make in the coming weeks, and Pierce’s contract situation will be a very popular topic.
Rob Lunder covers the Boston Celtics for Rant Sports. For all Celtics news go to the team home page on Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @rlunder18