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Could Paul Pierce really be traded?

Trade rumors are swirling around the NBA as the deadline approaches, although no major moves have been made just yet. Much of the talk has surrounded around names such as Rudy Gay or Pau Gasol, but you never know what kind of deals might happen.

Is it possible that Paul Pierce, who has spent his entire career as a Celtic and brought a championship to Boston, could be traded? Danny Ainge has always said that no one is untouchable, even the captain. Via CBS Sports:

Team executives involved in exploratory trade talks report that the Knicks (Amar’e Stoudemire), Lakers (Pau Gasol), Raptors (Bargnani) and Celtics (Paul Pierce) are open to discussing their high-profile names.

The lone exception, executives say, may be Pierce, whose ruthless scoring prowess and championship experience come with another attractive feature: only $4 million of his $15.3 million salary is guaranteed next season. With the Celtics playing better since Avery Bradley returned from injury, president Danny Ainge once again finds himself trying to determine whether the remnants of the 2007-08 championship team have enough to make one more run. Some rival executives believe the Celtics recently waived Jarvis Varnado and Kris Joseph to create roster flexibility for a potential trade. If Ainge decides to stand pat, a deal involving Pierce — which would mark the true end of the Big Three era — could be re-examined around the draft or during free agency.

The Celtics have been playing much better as of late since the return of Avery Bradley, making it hard to imagine that they will still want to make a major move.

Pierce has one remaining year on his deal at over $15 million, making him attractive to a team who desperately needs a scorer for the short-term.

If the team keeps playing like this, you have to imagine that Ainge will keep his roster pretty much the same.

-Mark Evans, Assistant Manager/Editor of Content

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