The last few days have been very up and down for Boston Celtics fans. Sunday, there was a rumor that the Los Angeles Clippers offered Eric Bledsoe and Caron Butler for Kevin Garnett, but later reports indicated that it was fake. But how fake was it?
According to reports, Kevin Garnett would waive his no trade clause, but only if Paul Pierce is traded and only if he (Garnett) is sent to the Los Angeles Clippers. Why to the Clippers? Garnett owns a house in Malibu, and because he’s a true Celtic, he wouldn’t want to be part of the Los Angeles Lakers who are facing their own internal problems.
Like the old saying goes, “where there is smoke, there is fire”. The next three weeks are going to be nothing short of interesting and nerve-racking. With this rumor, it also brings up the question on whether Danny Ainge is looking at possible trade scenarios for Paul Pierce. However, the Celtics are currently on a four game winning streak, and depending on how they finish up their next five games before the All-Star break, this team could still be intact heading into March.
If Ainge sees something that will benefit the team down the road, and he feels that the Celtics have no shot at winning a title, he may pull the plug. Of course, the “blowing up the roster” scenario all hinges on whether Pierce gets traded and unlike Garnett, he doesn’t have the power to veto any trade. Seeing that Boston is playing with life and energy, the fans voicing their opinions not to trade Pierce or Garnett get louder, and with the recent display of revival people are believing that they have a chance of going far.
Again, it all comes down to one trade, one player, and Danny Ainge. If Pierce goes, so does the team. As a Celtics fan all I can say is, cherish every moment and enjoy every game that these guys play in. Whether it ends in retirement or a trade, there will be a day that both Garnett and Pierce won’t be playing on that Parquet floor.