|Posted by shawn cassidy on May 4, 2013 at 5:45 AM|
"That's up to [Celtics president of basketball operations] Danny [Ainge] and them," said Pierce. "I have no idea."
Pierce reiterated that he'll return for a 16th NBA season, whether it's in Boston or elsewhere. He was asked if a healthy Rajon Rondo and Jared Sullinger would be enough to boost Boston back to title contenders.
"That's a decision for the management," said Pierce. "Who knows what the future [holds]? I've been here 15 years and I've seen a lot of changes each and every year. So I'm sure there's going to be a lot of changes here and we'll see what happens."
I'm not digging the vibes, are you? Danny's comments of it will be hard to bring him back,and now Pierce is leaving it up to Ainge. It doesn't sound great. I would like to hear something much different from both parties, wouldn't you? The thing about Pierce? If he goes, so will KG. Kevin will not play any longer if he's partner and crime is gone.
Garnett, who will turn 37 later this month and just completed his 18th
NBA season, said it was simply too early to know whether the trio will
be back in Boston next season.
"I haven't really thought about it, to be honest with you. I'm kind of digesting , obviously, the current, and Doc came to me, pulled Paul and I to the side and all three of us agreed to speak later -- too emotional," said Garnett. "Obviously, it was a big game, tough loss, especially at home. But more importantly in the future, it's a different day for that conversation."
While Garnett swatted away most inquiries about his future, he spoke strongly about how the organization's decision on whether to retain Pierce, whose contract is only $5 million guaranteed and could be an amnesty candidate, could play into his status.
"One of the big reasons I came [to Boston] was because of Paul," said Garnett. "Obviously, you want to be in a situation where it's better. I want to make sure that I'm able to always help a team. I want to be in positions to where I'm giving something. I demand a lot of myself, both physically and from a skill level. But I'd be lying to y'all if I said Paul didn't play into that factor. Like I said, it's too soon of a conversation for me right now."
This is bad for Ainge, He will have to deal with losing both KG and Pierce. Will he take that chance. I honestly believe Pierce is overpaid at this point, but do I want his contract to be on the amnesty side of the game? No I do not! I think what the Celtics really need to do is sit Paul down,and Doc for that matter. He needs to step away as the leader of this team, not in an emotional way, but on the court. Green out worked,and out shined Pierce in this series, and when the Celtics needed clutch plays it was Green. Rondo and Green could build something special, and I believe for one more season. Paul Pierce,and KG can be apart of that. But what about Doc?
As for Rivers, who has three years remaining on a five-year, $35 million
extension, he said he'll take a step back before making a decision
about his own future.
"I don't think about any of that stuff," said Rivers. "Danny knows me pretty well. I immerse myself; that's the only way I can do it, probably to a fault. Pretty much unlivable during the year. So I don't know. Danny knows he gives me at least a week to do just whatever I do -- and I don't know what I do, sit and watch cartoons or something -- then we'll talk about it. But Danny has already worked on [offseason planning]. He never shows me. I don't want to hear it, I don't want to see it, I don't want to know anything. We'll figure it all out, and we'll see."
I think Doc will come back. But wouldn't it be nice to not worry about this stuff. Every season it's something. If it's not trades,it's who will retire,or whatever is out there. If the band is back together, count Terry in.
"What I hope we take from this experience into next year is to play with passion and heart every night," Jason Terry said.
I'm excited for the return of Rondo,but I worry about the future and present of this team. Who's ready to let go of KG and Pierce? Not this guy!