According to Adrian Wojnarowski, Paul Pierce was nearly sent to the Dallas Mavericks in a three team deal for Josh Smith. The Atlanta Hawks would’ve acquired Brandan Wright, Jae Crowder, and Dahntay Jones in the deal along with a first round pick from the Mavericks and the Boston Celtics.
Here’s what Woj said:
The Boston Celtics were as close to trading Paul Pierce had they ever been last February with a three-team trade that would have seen him dealt to the Dallas Mavericks, according to sources.
The Celtics would have acquired Josh Smith.
The Mavericks would have sent Brandan Wright, Jae Crowder and Dahntay Jones to the Hawks, while also swapping first roudners in the 2013 NBA Draft.
The Hawks also sought a first round pick from the Celtics.
This isn’t the ideal way that Josh Smith was going to be a Celtic, but apparently it was close to happening. This would’ve triggered a bunch of chain reactions along with it. Kevin Garnett would’ve been moved to the Clippers, Jason Terry probably would’ve been moved as well, and the Celtics may not have been in the playoff race still.
A lot of changes were seemingly on the horizon for this team. Were they better for the team’s future? Probably. But as for right now, the Celtics are playing pretty well and I’m sure they have no regrets from not dealing Pierce.