|Posted by shawn cassidy on June 26, 2013 at 5:15 AM|
The future of the Celtics two hall of fame players KG and Paul Pierce is still in limbo. The first key date to look for when it comes to Paul Pierce or KG is this Thursday’s draft. The second key date is June 30th when the Celtics have the option to let Paul Pierce out of his contract. If Paul and KG make it past those dates, it’s very likely both players stay for some time, or at least they will finish out this year as Celtics. Danny was leaving the possibility out there that they may just start the rebuild next summer, if it will be even a real rebuilding process.
Boston Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said Tuesday that no decisions have been made about the futures of Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce.
While acknowledging a rebuilding process looms -- and it might have contributed to coach Doc Rivers roaming west and signing on as the next head coach of the Los Angeles Clippers -- Ainge said he wasn’t sure if this summer would usher in a full-blown roster overhaul for Boston.
“I’m anxious to go through the [rebuilding] process,” Ainge admitted. “We don’t know when that’s going to happen, if that’s going to happen this summer or if that’s going to happen next summer. We’ve been ready, we’ve been gearing up for that possibility.
“I love Paul and KG and we haven’t made that decision yet,” Ainge said when asked if he wanted to bring both players back. “KG’s under contract, and Paul we have an option on in five days from now, and those are very big decisions for us. But those decisions, I’m not certain about either one of those.”
The rumors are out there right now, and one that has most of ghd intrigue is the Josh Smith sign and trade option. You either love him or hate him in Celtics nation. I don’t think he’s a max guy by any means, but is he worth Jeff Green money, and what’s he willing to take? I do understand that Rondo’s window is closing year by year, much like what we saw with Paul Pierce. Danny shouldn’t rush things, but he also shouldn’t be timid in his attempt to build this team into a contender.
I’m not the kind of blogger who wants to play General Manager often. But I will give my opinion on potential signings or who we have. I’m not an avid fan of the ESPN trade machine. I can see that being very addicting, but I don’t engage in that often.
The Celtics are a day by day kind of team right now. They either patch
up the roster with Rondo, Garnett, and Pierce as the core, or we may see one stay,
or both go. The Celtics in a weak East will compete for a playoff spot either
way. I’m still a big fan of the Spurs model, even without Doc Rivers
here. In the perfect world Paul and Kevin take pay cuts. But not possible in
the NBA world of contracts and rules. KG's no trade clause is what saves him. No deal can be made with the Clippers so the reunion between Doc and KG won't happen. So where would KG go? Who would interest him?
I'm a fan who wants to see these guys ride off in the sunset swinging. My faith in loyalty isn't all the way dead yet. So let's see what happens with these two guys.