The Boston Celtics have become the first NBA team to make a critical move this offseason as it was reported on Sunday that head coach Doc Rivers will leave the team to take over for the Los Angeles Clippers. With Rivers on the way out, it has also been rumored that Paul Pierce could be leaving as well.
According to the Associated Press, Rivers will head to the Clippers on a three-year, $21 million deal for a first-round draft pick in 2015 once the move is officially approved by the NBA. The tentative agreement should be finalized very soon, but another move could be in the works shortly after.
The Celtics have a tough decision in front of them in terms of Paul Pierce, who has a buy-out for $5 million before the next season. The team was originally expected to keep him around through his $15 million salary, but that may all change now after the Cleveland Cavaliers have reportedly placed an offer on the table for the aging star.
The Boston Celtics have been offered two second-round draft picks from the Cavaliers for Pierce, according to a report by the News Herald. Sam Amico of Fox Sports was the first to report on the rumor and he believes “there’s little doubt the Cavs have had discussions about trading their second-rounders and 19th overall selection to move up in the draft.”
Multiple reports have also noted that Cavaliers’ owner Dan Gilbert is fed up with the NBA draft lottery and has decided to push for an NBA championship next season instead of continuing the rebuilding process. Through this new strategy, Gilbert would have to bring in more talent and experience to compliment their rising star in Kyrie Irving.
There’s no telling how the Celtics will go about dealing with Paul Pierce, but he’s been with the team his entire 15-year career which makes it very tough to see him in another jersey.
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