It was an emotional day for all Boston Celtics fans when Paul Pierce was traded to the Brooklyn Nets, but a return to Boston is possible next season. Pierce will be an unrestricted free agent after this year and will be open for any team to sign him. Prior to becoming a member of the Nets, Pierce spent the first 15 years of his career with Boston and is one of the greatest players in Celtics history. To come back and play for the organization that he spent nearly all of his career would certainly be a happy ending for Pierce.
Better known in Boston as “The Truth,” Pierce would certainly have to take a major pay cut in order to return to the Celtics. He is currently making more than $15 million this year, and was traded from the Celtics because of his large salary. It doesn’t seem as though Pierce would be objective to a large pay cut, as he knows he is getting older and his production is not quite the same. Boston has a lot of questions to answer next season, especially in regards to Kris Humphries. He is making a Celtics high of $12 million this year and will be a free agent next season. If the Celtics decide not to resign him, it will free up a lot of cap space to help aid a return for Pierce.
If the Celtics decide to bring Pierce back, it will be interesting to see what his role will be. Rajon Rondo is the new leader and face of the franchise, so where would Pierce fit in? Rondo and Pierce worked well together in their seven years together, and I believe they would gel very nicely should Pierce return. A comeback would be a perfect fit for Pierce and definitely a happy welcome back party for the city of Boston.