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Ainge prefers Pierce retires in green, too

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08:03 AM ET 02.01 | Celtics president Danny Ainge took the occasion of his weekly radio appearance to speak frankly about how the team shapes up in the absence of their point guard. [Ainge] spoke openly about the state of his team. He made two things clear following Rajon Rondo's season-ending ACL injury: 1) "It's silly" to think they'll be better without him and 2) Paul Pierce trades haven't been discussed. ... Pierce's name has been thrown around in trade rumors. His contract, which has just $5 million guaranteed for next season, seemingly makes him an attractive target around the league. "Nothing has been talked about with Paul," said Ainge. "Nothing is close to being done. I too would like to see Paul retire as a Celtic. That would be great. We're all attached to Paul."

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February 1, 2013  08:26 AM ET

I think what Ainge meant to say is that if Pierce doesn't retire he'll trade him.

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February 1, 2013  09:27 AM ET
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They already started breaking it up when Wings started trading away key pieces like Perk, Ray Ray and Big Baby. He may as well finish the job and prepare for the future.

Good Friday morning, MMA.

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February 1, 2013  09:32 AM ET
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Morning JGB, MMAThe celtics season was sealed when Rajons Ligaments popped...hanging onto Bird and McHale too long, set the Celtics rebuilding project back years lesson should be learned...move him now, get picks, get younger

Don't totally disagree, but Bias and Lewis both passing away had a lot to do with the rebuilding project being set back, too.

February 1, 2013  09:34 AM ET
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I think what Ainge meant to say is that if Pierce doesn't retire he'll trade him.

I think you have correctly read between the lines.

February 1, 2013  09:35 AM ET
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*Ainge

How did you get Wings out of Ainge??

 
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