Apr 11, 2012; Boston, MA USA; Boston Celtics small forward Paul Pierce (34) shoots the ball against Atlanta Hawks shooting guard Joe Johnson (2) and power forward Josh Smith (5) in overtime at the TD Banknorth Garden. The Celtics defeated the Atlanta Hawks 88-86 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Trade Rumors: The Price For Josh Smith Is Paul Pierce

Like some trade rumors around this time of year, the Josh Smith to the Boston Celtics rumor has slowly progressed into something not imaginable to Celtics fans. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, and Marc Stein of ESPN, the price Boston would have to pay to acquire Smith is future Hall of Famer and Celtics legend Paul Pierce.

Adrian Wojnarowski –

Boston’s active on several fronts, including discussions on Josh Smith. Brooklyn is solely focused on making a Smith deal.

Marc Stein –

Latest deadline rumble: Boston exploring its Josh Smith options. The prob: Can’t do it w/out Pierce. Just can’t see Ainge sending PP to ATL

KG ain’t waiving no-trade clause to go to ATL. So Celts would have to part with iconic PP to get J-Smoove. So can’t happen w/out more teams

While I don’t think Danny Ainge would sign off on a deal that would send Pierce to Atlanta, the fact that this rumor has even progressed to this point is something to keep an eye on. Personally, I think this is just exploratory, but a few days ago it was rumored that the Celtics were offering Jeff Green and Brandon Bass; obviously that wasn’t enough in return.

However, the Celtics just signed 6’6″ forward/guard Terrence Williams to a ten day contact. What raises some alarms here is that he’s not filling a position Boston currently lacks and he’s only been signed to a ten day contract. I could be reading too much into these trade rumors, but it’s possible that if Danny Ainge is indeed planning on sending Pierce to Atlanta, Williams would then be the backup small forward to Jeff Green.

One thing to remember here is if Pierce goes, Kevin Garnett follows, and possibly goes to the Los Angeles Clippers. While these are all rumors and there isn’t anything imminent on the trade front, overreacting is unnecessary. However, Danny Ainge has been busy today, and as Wojnarowski reported, Boston is active on several fronts. I can’t help but feel that a major roster shakeup is coming within the next few days. But this is the excitement of it all, you never know what will happen from one day to the next.


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