Paul Pierce has spent his entire 14 year career in the NBA with the Boston Celtics. However, with the team struggling this season and Pierce's $15.5 million salary cost he is believed to be considered a possible trade option for the team as of Jan. 23, 2013, according to HoopsWorld report's Steve Kyler.
While there is nothing definite about the potential trade of the All-Star forward, any move that would see him leave Boston would have to be for another All-Star caliber player in return according to Kyler:
Sources say that unless it returned a bona fide All-Star of Pierce’s stature in return moving him was not in the cards.
Pierce is an attractive trade chip because only $5 million of his $15.55 million owed next year is guaranteed. The problem is the Celtics might want to keep that option for themselves rather than deal Pierce away.
If the price is right is it a possibility that Pierce will leave. While it would be strange to see Pierce where anything but the Celtics green and white, with the team looking to be aging out at certain places, the chance of getting some fresh faces to breathe life back into the team could be worth the pain of the trade.
Several teams such as the Atlanta Hawks could use a move for Pierce as a means to guarantee a potential run at the NBA Finals and would see the value of adding a veteran player that continues to be a proven producing forward in the league.
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