The Milwaukee Bucks are reportedly interested in acquiring small forward Paul Pierce. There is no news on exactly how the Bucks plan on completing the acquisition, whether it is a sign and trade or simply sign him in free agency, but the fact Milwaukee is interested in the 35-year-old is certainly intriguing.
Pierce has a $15.3 million player option with the Boston Celtics for the 2013-14 NBA season. However, the Celtics are considering getting rid of Pierce so that they have more cap space to acquire younger stars. Even though Pierce put up outstanding numbers once again last season, his age is certainly becoming an issue for Boston. Not to mention, they are not too fond of the large price tag that comes with him, and buying his contract out for $5 million would be more ideal for the organization.
If the Bucks do want to move in on Pierce they may have to up the ante on what the Cleveland Cavaliers will reportedly offer the Celtics. Cleveland plans on trading Boston their 31st and 33rd overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft for Pierce. Milwaukee does not have the draft picks to compete with that, at least not ones they are willing to part with, which means they will need to consider trading someone on the current roster.
The question the Bucks must ask themselves is if Pierce is even worth giving up future pieces. If he puts up the same performance that he has the last few years then he would obviously be a huge offensive upgrade for Milwaukee. With that being said, he may only be with the team for one season. Not to mention, if the Bucks are unable to put any solid pieces around him, specifically a talented guard, then it might be pointless acquiring him in the first place.
Pierce averaged 18.6 points, 6.3 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 1.1 steals per game while shooting 43.6 percent from the field last season.