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There are a million questions regarding the state of the Boston Celtics right now.  Doc Rivers is likely going to be the coach next year, but we’re not 100% sure.  Kevin Garnett might retire, and he says he doesn’t want to play there without Paul Pierce.  Pierce’s skills are no longer worth the $15+ million he’s due to be paid next season, but I don’t see the alternatives as being any better.  Because of his age and lucrative contract, if the C’s trade their captain it’s unlikely they’ll be able to get much value in return.  And even if they could, how do you trade a guy who’s spent his entire 15 year career in Boston; the #2 leading scorer in franchise history, and one of the ten greatest Celtics of all-time? The Celts could buy out Pierce’s contract for $5 million, but even saving $10 million next year still wouldn’t put them below the salary cap, so they have very little to gain from that option (i.e. they can’t just go sign a free agent for $10 million to replace him).  An
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