Re: Trade idea: Pierce for Rudy Gay
posted at 1/13/2013 3:40 AM EST
It's a young man's game - I think Pierce has slowed to the point where he can no longer stay with any of the young guns he'd have to guard come playoff time
I think Rudy Gay can.
And I think Rudy Gay is accustomed to the role of team captain and franchise cornerstone , absolutely he can be the #1 option in the heat of the moment.
20 years from now, Paul Pierce will still be remembered for having the more significant career as a Celtic, but his days as an All Star #1 option are over , Rudy Gay still has 3 or 4 All Star appearances left in him.
I love Pierce, but the Celtics would be much better with Rudy Gay going forward this season.
With Pierce, I think the Celtics have no chance to get past Miami and would barely make it out of the first round.
Plus Rudy Gay's ability to play the #2 guard clears more minutes for Jeff Green.
Finally - how about cutting Jeff Green some slack , you people talk about him like he's horrible. He has played well off the bench, but he's barely getting his legs and conditioning back after having a year off. I think he is adjusting well, but his role is still evolving. Trading Pierce for Rudy G would help Green solidify his postion on the Celtics
This trade makes a lot of sense , even if Ainge threw in next years #1 pick.
Time marches on.....
Getting a major playor like Rudy Gay for Pierce would be a major coup for Danny Ainge.