Re: Report: C's getting offers for PP
posted at 1/17/2012 3:47 PM EST
In Response to Re: Report: C's getting offers for PP
[QUOTE]Who among us would prefer the Celtics NOT trade Pierce to a contender where he could win another ring so that we could be assured he remains a Celtic for the final two years? As much as I want to see Pierce in Green for the next two seasons, if he has an opportunity to play elsewhere and win a ring, I'm all for that. As a Celtics lifer, he's earned that from this organization. I am a Paul Pierce fan and it would be difficult but I would not say the same for any other Celtic player. I love what KG has done for the Boston Celtics and what he brought to this team during his time here but if the Celtics traded him tomorrow, I would not be emotionally disappointed. The same goes for the classiest, most professional player in the NBA, Ray Allen. Five wonderful, enjoyable years is not career. But Pierce, HE IS CELTIC PRIDE!!!
Posted by Petey62[/QUOTE]
Very tough question, Petey. I love these guys so much that I can't easily say I agree with you here. I thought about it a lot and I think there's another factor to consider - what we get in return. If Pierce can play for a championship with another team, but we don't get much for him - I say "no". I would not trade Paul just so he can play for a championship somewhere else and we lose a lot of games and get another high risk young guy. Danny's track record on these trades is NOT good.
It would be horrible if Paul, who we ALL love, went to another team like the Lakers in his home town, played for a championship, and in return we got a draft choice or sone unproven young players who never amount to a Paul Pierce. Celtic greats like Bird, McHale, Russell, Cowans, Hav, Jo Jo, and others are Celtic greats because they delivered for us and Red loved them enough to play out the string with them. He rarely (if ever) traded his big guns who delivered in the past.
As for KG and Ray, I could get over it if it happened......but it would be difficult. More than Perk's trade, it would be very controversial. I don't know that I could automatically say "its ok - I'm happy for them". If its done, everyone better get used to a terrible team because if you think Perks trade tore them apart, just trade KG, Ray, or Paul and you might as well fire Doc and Danny because all the players will simply just roll over and sink into the ground - not playing for Danny. If you show players that when you get old, you get traded and you are no loyal to your players - how can you expect them to be loyal to you? What Danny did with Perk already tore the team apart (I still contend it was a good long term business move but it had horrible timing given Shaq's injury and happened mid season rather than a sign and trade at year end). Danny's lack of loyalty, in my opinion, is one factor that hurts the Celtics as a destination.
In summary, I'm not sold that trading Pierce, Ray, nor KG is the right thing to do. Tell me we get Deron Williams or Dwight Howard and I get over the emotion. Tell me we get Metta World Peace and a draft choice and I say Danny is stupid.
It all depends on what we get in return.