The season ending injury to Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo continues to fuel the NFL's trade rumor mill in regards to his team as of Feb.3, 2013. Kevin Garnett is not likely to go anywhere because his contract has a no-trade clause. However, Celtic's veteran and legend Paul Pierce is not so lucky.
According to ESPN's Marc Stein, Pierce is not likely to move but the most likely place that General Manager Danny Ainge could send the player and see him even have a chance at accepting it would be the Los Angeles Clippers:
Ainge isn't just going to trade Pierce anywhere he wants no matter how many times he tells the story about Red Auerbach's openly lamenting that he held onto the Celtics' glory days too long.
If Ainge ends up trying to move The Truth [Pierce], it's my belief -- out of respect for the way Pierce stuck with the Celts through years of futility and ultimately helped haul the franchise, alongside KG, back up where it belongs -- that he'd try to work with No. 34 to send Pierce somewhere he could get somewhat excited about.
And that leaves only one realistic option: Pierce going back home to Los Angeles with the Clippers for a package headlined by young point guard Eric Bledsoe.
However, there is little likelihood that the Clippers would agree to such a deal as they are not set to offer Bledsoe in any trade discussion, even for a player of Pierce's caliber, because of the chances that all-star point guard Chris Paul could be looking to leave in the near future if he is not signed to a long term deal in LA.
The Celtic's would also be risking a major fan backlash if they were to trade Pierce who has stuck with the team and the fans through thick and thin for his entire career and remains one of those precious gem's of a professional that has spent his entire career with one franchise becoming a true shinning mark on their history.
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