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If Celtics deal Pierce, look to Memphis


07:27 AM ET 01.28 | Whether Boston wakes up Monday reading obituaries Doc Rivers says he won't write, the Celtics certainly have a problem without Rajon Rondo -- and it may lead to a significant trade. Much of the speculation, for good reason, surrounds [Paul Pierce]. ... One team that rival execs expect to be at the forefront of the Pierce pursuit is Memphis, which delayed but did not solve its long-term payroll concerns by getting under the luxury-tax line with last week's trade with Cleveland. While Memphis can survive for the rest of this season without trading Rudy Gay, Zach Randolph or Marc Gasol, it still cannot sustain such a top-heavy payroll for the next two seasons. Pierce would keep the Grizzlies dangerous.

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January 28, 2013  07:47 AM ET

Not much value left in PP. The rockets can use a veteran

January 28, 2013  08:16 AM ET

Gay is one of my favorite players in the NBA but the Celtics already have Green who is getting paid 8 million a year. What is Gay supposed to do?

I rather get Z-Bo. Booyahhhhh.

January 28, 2013  08:16 AM ET

And Pierce should retire as a Celtic. If he gets traded he'll retire immediately.

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January 28, 2013  09:09 AM ET

The small market teams ultimately can barely compete with the larger market teams. Memphis drafted well traded well and still had to give away players unless they would go over the luxury tax which they apparently can't afford or unwilling to pay. I mean their options are to trade a young wing in Gay or get a cheaper aging past his prime veteran. That is the state of the smaller market teams. Small market teams must get a once a generation talent on the LeBron, Durant level or draft extremely well like the Spurs. OKC actually were slightly penalized for drafting too well with KD, Ibaka, Westbrook and Harden

January 28, 2013  09:11 AM ET

Wow, if this happens (though understandable) I just can't see Pierce leaving Boston. If he gets traded, he might as well retire. That way my memory of him will be as it always was, a Celtic.

January 28, 2013  09:12 AM ET

Why would the Grizzles want Pierce? Giving up Gay would be a major loss for Memphis. This new collective bargain cap is causing teams to panic much to soon, look what Dallas a season ago in preparation for what may happen next season; crazy.

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January 28, 2013  09:17 AM ET

They should let Pierce retire as a Celtic!

January 28, 2013  09:17 AM ET

Man I would love to to see spurs try to pull off a trade for Garnett!! Jaxson expiring contract, no 1 pick and young player decolo?? I know Salarys don't quite much but it seems somewhat possible!

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