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The trade deadline passed two weeks ago, but the reports of alleged deals are still surfacing. Tonight, Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski says the Celtics nearly shipped Paul Pierce to Dallas in a three-team deal that would have netted them Josh Smith:
Before the trade deadline passed, the Boston Celtics had one final choice to make on the franchise’s future: In a three-way deal that would’ve secured Josh Smith and surrendered Paul Pierce to Dallas, Atlanta wanted Boston’s first-round draft pick, too.
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 constructed 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.
Nevertheless, Boston wouldn’t relent on the pick and the deal died on meeting-room grease boards in three cities.
I’ve often thought Josh Smith wo...
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BOSTON, MA – MARCH 8: Paul Pierce #34 of the Boston Celtics waits for the play against the Atlanta Hawks on March 8, 2013 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. Copyright Notice: Copyright 2013 NBAE (Photo by Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images)
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According to Forsberg of the worldwide leader local branch, Paul Pierce is now battling a bone bruise on his left knee. He suffered the injury in Philly, but it appeared to affect his play last night in Indiana shooting just 4 of 15 for just 13 points. He did play 34 minutes which is a good sign, but was seen with an ice pack on his knee in postgame interviews. I wouldn’t expect...
Unthinkable as it may seem given his recent stellar play, Paul Pierce will one day play his final game in a Celtics uniform.
That could be as soon as this summer, in fact. The Celtics have a $5 million buyout in Pierce’s contract, which becomes guaranteed for more than $15 million if he is still on the roster come July. The team therefore has to decide whether the $10 million savings...
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...
Paul Pierce was very nearly traded for Josh Smith at the deadline.We knew that Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett were both in danger of being traded at the deadline this season, but according to Yahoo!’s Adrian Wojnarowski, who is usually right about such things, the deal may have been as close as Pierce has come to leaving the Celtics in his career.From the Yahoo! article:Before the...
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Here are video highlights of Paul Pierce, Jason Terry, and Jordan Crawford from the game last night against the Atlanta Hawks. All of these videos are courtesy of OfficialCeltics. Paul Pierce had 27 points, 7 rebounds, and 7 assists. Jason Terry had 19 points and 5 assists, along with the biggest shot of the night: a 3-pointer to up the Celtics up 3 with 35 seconds left in overtime...
Doc Rivers, Paul Pierce, and Kevin Garnett talk after another OT win for the Celtics.
Video courtesy of the Boston Celtics.
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Best win of the year? Best play of the year? Yes on both accounts.
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