Originally written on NBA Injury News  |  Last updated 10/24/14

NEW ORLEANS - FEBRUARY 15: Paul Pierce of the Boston Celtics and Chris Duhan of the Chicago Bulls help build a home in with NBA Cares during NBA All-Star Weekend on February 15, 2008 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)

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The Boston Celtics ultimately held onto veteran players Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, as well as guard Rajon Rondo, through this season’s trade deadline. However, the club nearly dealt Pierce in a three-team trade that also involved the Atlanta Hawks and Dallas Mavericks, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.As much as any of the proposed deals discussed in February, perhaps this had been the closest Pierce had come to parting with the Celtics, sources told Yahoo! Sports.Dallas had put together a package that included Jae Crowder, Brandan Wright and Dahntay Jones to Atlanta, with the Mavericks and Hawks exchanging positions in the 2013 NBA Draft, according to Wojnarowski. Boston would have received Josh Smith, while the Mavericks would have snagged Pierce in the trade.The deal ultimately fizzled over the picks involved, but this was apparently the closest the Celtics came to beginning their rebuilding effort.Follow @hoopsinjurynews!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://www.nbainjurynews.com//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");
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