Rudy Gay drives around Rajon Rondo Credit: Mark L. Baer-US PRESSWIRE

Trade Options for the Boston Celtics Involving Paul Pierce

Will Paul Pierce end up wearing a different jersey next year? Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE


As the Celtics try to evolve from the departure of Ray Allen, one must continue to ask the question, “Is the Celtics window for a title open or shut?”

The young tandem of Jared Sullinger and Fab Melo have looked mighty impressive in their summer league games, but is it nearly enough to improve a team that was one-win away from making the NBA Finals?

The Celtics still need to make more moves to compete with the Miami Heat and the Chicago Bulls when Derrick Rose returns from injury.

If the Celtics see their chances at a title in the impending season dwindle or come to a complete halt, I see four moves involving Paul Pierce that they can make to improve their roster for a title run the following year. Note that draft picks are not included. This is because of the obvious reason of the inability to determine how valuable a draft pick is without knowing the success of the team during the season.


1. Memphis Grizzlies

  • Memphis Grizzlies receive: Paul Pierce

  • Boston Celtics receive: Rudy Gay

Yes, the trade analysis shows the Celtics on the detrimental end of this deal. Pierce in no way however can be better in the future and will only decline from his current stature.

However, Rudy Gay still hasn’t surfaced the pinnacle of his talent. Gay is a very effective scorer and plays above average defense. He may not have the star power of other small forwards in the league but he can make an extremely beneficial partner for the quick tempo Rajon Rondo.

Gay is a much more agile player than the aging Paul Pierce and Rondo would serve much better with his ability compared to Pierce. This would be beneficial to a Memphis Grizzlies team who are on the cusp of championship run but need to fill the void of OJ Mayo’s shooting ability. Pierce may walk instead of run but he is still able shooter. Pierce would give the Grizzlies a better closer compared to Gay and a veteran leader in the locker room.

 2. Chicago Bulls

  • Chicago Bulls receive: Paul Pierce, Avery Bradley

    Luol Deng playing tight defense against Paul Pierce Credit: Mike DiNovo-US PRESSWIRE

  • Boston Celtics receive: Luol Deng, Taj Gibson, Jimmy Butler

I know it is devastating for Celtics’ fans to see Avery Bradley go, but he can be excellant trade bait for any team willing to over compensate for the defensive specialist. This is Rondo’s team and with the Celtics going to the All-Star point guard, he needs a better option than Avery Bradley in the future.

Jeff Green may be a solid starter for the C’s in the future, but they need to make an addition to their front line once Garnett relinquishes his spot on the team with his soon approaching injuries/retirement.

Deng and Gibson give the Celtics much younger pieces to help Rondo pile up his assist numbers. Luol Deng is one of the more under appreciated players in the league, he’s a coach’s best friend, and younger than Paul Pierce.

Doc Rivers would certainly like his athletic play and basketball IQ. Yes, the Celtics may lose more in this trade depending on how good Avery Bradley turns out, but with Deng coming off his 1st All-Star appearance, the Celtics may enjoy the grit the current Bull’s players may provide.

3. Sacramento Kings

  • Sacramento Kings receive: Paul Pierce

    Tyreke Evans celebrating with Marcus Thornton Credit: Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE

  • Boston Celtics receive: Tyreke Evans, Marcus Thornton

Tyreke Evans has become expendable by Kings’ management with the signing off Aaron Brooks and the cinderella story of Isaiah Thomas. Evans was largely pursued during the trade deadline from last season, and the Kings failed to trade away the former Rookie of the Year.

Evans has the makings of being a star in the association but growing pains arose from his inability to play one position well. He shifted from point to small forward and with the Kings being heavy in guards they need an effective scorer from a true small forward like Paul Pierce.

Evans and Thornton both are dynamic scorers and  together average 33.5 points per game. The Celtics can rebuild with 4 very good guards which makes excellent trade bait in the future to acquire a big man. If the Evans experiment does fail, the Celtics can simply not resign him and they still keep the dynamic shooting ability of Marcus Thornton while not having the much more expensive Paul Pierce.

4. Atlanta Hawks

  • Atlanta Hawks receive: Paul Pierce, Fab Melo, Jared Sullinger

    Kevin Garnett defending Josh Smith Credit: Joshua S. Kelly-US PRESSWIRE

  • Boston Celtics receive: Josh Smith, Zaza Pachulia

Both teams easily win in this deal. Josh Smith has threatened to leave the seemingly always a first round-exit in the playoffs, the Atlanta Hawks.

Under the leadership of General Manager, Danny Ferry, the Hawks are preparing for a rebuilding period with Al Horford as their center piece for the future. Pierce gives them cap room in the future while providing a bit of leadership that Josh Smith clearly lacked.

Fab Melo and Jared Sullinger are the jewels for the Hawks in this deal. Both are prime contributors in the future for whatever organization they will be a part of. The Hawks could groom Sullinger and Melo to work alongside with All-Star Al Horford and give them valuable pieces for a future trade or championship runs.

Now to Josh Smith:  He has been linked to multiple teams like the Brooklyn Nets, but why not the Boston Celtics. Josh Smith is a defensive freak of nature and gives the Celtics’ the blocking tandem of Smith and Garnett.

Smith is also a talent that can work alongside Rajon Rondo and build a more uptempo offensive for the often stagnent Celtics of the past few years. If Smith were to go to Boston, the Heat could very easily be shut down by the stellar man-to-man defense of Rajon Rondo, Avery Bradley, Kevin Garnett, and Josh Smith.   Meanwhile, Zaza is just a filler for cap space, but gives the Celtics a hustler and a couple of fouls throughout the game. Something the Celtics have coveted on their bench for many years.

Overall, this trade makes most sense out of the 4 trade possibilities metioned, and the Celtics need to capitalize in the prime talent of Josh Smith and convince him to play 40+ games at the TD Bank Garden for many years before he commits to another team in the impending free agency period.

Tags: Boston Celtics Hawks Josh Smith Kings Paul Pierce

  • C’s

    stupid article

  • joel

    Haha @ C’s need more move’s to compete with the Bulls. Maybe last season that was the case because the C’s lacked size in the paint.
    Now the C’s have that issue covered with several 7 footer’s. Not to mention the wing’s are covered with plenty of offensive player’s.
    Only team the C’s lookng up at is the Heat and that because of lebron but i have a feeling with the current depth, The C’s can beat the heat this season.

  • GoCeltics!

    nice work kid

  • Pratith Mehta

    @twitter-268986909:disqus Yeah, I agree with you that these moves may have seemed much more sense last year. But my point in introducing these trades were to introduce ideas if the Celtics were to struggle midway into season. These aren’t trades I would look to make now. I made it clear in my intro that if the Celtics were to struggle, Pierce should be the one to go, not Rondo, not Garnett. If the Celtics do thrive, this article has no relevancy.

  • Pratith Mehta

    @twitter-268986909:disqus Yeah, I agree with you that these moves may have seemed much more sense last year. But my point in introducing these trades were to introduce ideas if the Celtics were to struggle midway into season. These aren’t trades I would look to make now. I made it clear in my intro that if the Celtics were to struggle, Pierce should be the one to go, not Rondo, not Garnett. If the Celtics do thrive, this article has no relevancy.

  • KJandHondo

    I know its a business and its not about making people happy but I’d imagine KG would be pretty upset with them moving Pierce while he is still in green. Also the Atlanta one sort of makes sense but who is going to be your starting small forward? Its not Jeff Green. He’s a role player at best. He’s not even near the scorer that Paul is and isn’t a great defender. You would still have a weakness in that department and oh Pierce is still the leading scorer on the team. Do you think Jeff Green is even capable of Pierce’s scoring production? I don’t think so. Haven’t seen that from Green’s career to even suggest it. With all that said, Hawks trade is my favorite b/c of Josh Smith. I HATE his bad shot selection and those stupid jumpshots he takes but I want him to be a Celtic badly. Maybe Doc can coach him better and keep him away from those ugly shots.

  • idgafb

    Not a fan of either Bulls or the Grizzlies trade, and trading Bradley and Paul for those pieces is ridicolous. They’ll let PP play out the season no matter what, and then let him choose if he is coming back or not. Ray Allen’s performance was pretty bad last year, yea it was due to injury but still, Ainge would have brought him back. Pierce is not only still a valuable asset to the team, but he is our captain, core and main 3pt threat on the starting line up. Paul will retire a Celtic.

  • CelticNoItAll

    crap trades lol. Why the hell would the grizzlies trade a younger rudy who is entering his prime for a player whose on his last legs?

    An the bulls trade is hilarious as well. Avery Bradley gonna be great in a few years, last thing id want is celtics to make bulls defense better an make there team incredibly worse. Adding sub par players.

    Kings one is terrible aswell. Tyreke evans an thorton are still young an potentially future star talents. Why would they get rid of that for a old ass hell, past his prime pierce?

    Hawks one is the only one I some what like. However the idea of pierce not retiring in green sickens me. An i really want to see what sully an melo turn into. But for josh it would be worth the price haha

  • Jerm34

    What are you smoking? Making any four of these trades would be awful. I could do your job better. Grizzlies on the cusp of a championship run?? You should never write another nba article again this is garbage.