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07:06 AM ET 05.16 | Doc Rivers likely won't be heard from publicly for a bit as he ponders his future, but that hasn't kept Boston's head coach from taking part regularly in the team's plans for next year, according to president of basketball operations Danny Ainge. "I talk to Doc all of the time, and we're talking about our plans for next year," said Ainge, who left [Tuesday] for Chicago to attend the NBA's pre-draft combine. ... Though Ainge regularly talks with Rivers, he said he has not had contact with either Paul Pierce or Kevin Garnett, whose futures figure prominently in his immediate plans. The Celtics have the option to buy out Pierce for $5 million by June 30, or retain him for $15 million for next season.

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May 16, 2013  07:16 AM ET

Thanks for the memories PP...


Great run KG...............




See Ya..........

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May 16, 2013  08:47 AM ET

If you buy him out, make sure you give him an offer to stay. Obviously not adding up to 15m, but a smaller deal to keep him here. I don't think Paul will mind a paycut to stay.

May 16, 2013  08:47 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Thanks for the memories PP...Great run KG...............See Ya..........

It's time. Get some young players to help you now. Both players will still be valuable to an up and coming young team.

May 16, 2013  08:52 AM ET

gone fishing LMAO!!!

May 16, 2013  09:13 AM ET

"No contact between Ainge and Pierce or KG"

It's probably best.

May 16, 2013  09:36 AM ET

Pierce is another savvy vet that could help out the Cavs. If Boston buys him out he can join Nowitzki in Cleveland.

Celeveland rox.

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May 16, 2013  09:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

If you buy him out, make sure you give him an offer to stay. Obviously not adding up to 15m, but a smaller deal to keep him here. I don't think Paul will mind a paycut to stay.

Good comment...

Buy him out for his $5m and then sign him to another 2-5...that is going to be about what a team offers a 35-36yr old player like him.

He would be looking at the mid-level exception from most squads.

Actually, if the Lakers let Metta go, Pierce would be a nice fit there....many NBA vets seem to find their retirement in LA to be suitable.

May 16, 2013  10:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Thanks for the memories PP


..Great run KG...............


Don't let the door hit your **** on the way out, amigos!..........

Fixed for ya, Mick.

May 16, 2013  11:10 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Good comment...Buy him out for his $5m and then sign him to another 2-5...that is going to be about what a team offers a 35-36yr old player like him.He would be looking at the mid-level exception from most squads.Actually, if the Lakers let Metta go, Pierce would be a nice fit there....many NBA vets seem to find their retirement in LA to be suitable.

He can get more than that on the open market

May 16, 2013  11:11 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Good comment...Buy him out for his $5m and then sign him to another 2-5...that is going to be about what a team offers a 35-36yr old player like him.He would be looking at the mid-level exception from most squads.Actually, if the Lakers let Metta go, Pierce would be a nice fit there....many NBA vets seem to find their retirement in LA to be suitable.

Once he is bought out he can't resign w/ the Cs. Teams will be lining up for him and he'll go wherever he wants to go.

May 16, 2013  12:36 PM ET

PP slows the Celtics down to a thud, KG still has value and is an asset on the court. Doc is a good coach, having him around isn't going to hurt. I like him with young players, he's a great role model. PP needs to be the odd man out this year.

May 16, 2013  01:08 PM ET

If I was an NBA team, I'd be breaking down the door to get KG. The man is intense, hustles, is a leader, and would be a great veteran presence to any team.

May 16, 2013  03:52 PM ET

Hate to see either one of those guys go, but Boston held on to Bird, McHale, & Parish too long. Took years to rebuild cuz they couldn't let go. I don't think they want to go down that road again.

May 16, 2013  05:16 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

If you buy him out, make sure you give him an offer to stay. Obviously not adding up to 15m, but a smaller deal to keep him here. I don't think Paul will mind a paycut to stay.

I don't buy that. If there is a market for PP at $8-10M per, he's going to take it.

May 16, 2013  06:57 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

Hate to see either one of those guys go, but Boston held on to Bird, McHale, & Parish too long. Took years to rebuild cuz they couldn't let go. I don't think they want to go down that road again.

Yes they held onto those three too long. Please remember Len Bias and Reggie Lewis? Rebuilding was there, just bad bad luck.

May 16, 2013  07:12 PM ET

Pierce is probably gone but despite being grossly over-paid, he may get one more run in Boston. He needs to accept less minutes and coming off the bench. Green is up and down but he always seemed to looking for his spot on the bench. If Rondo,Fab and Sullinger make it back the Celts are back in business. Rondo is a head ache but he is priceless in the playoffs. Fab gives size so KG can get longer resting time and Sull gives them a low post scorer and decent rebounder. Bring the long line of guys like McGrady that will be trying to catch on with a contender.

May 16, 2013  10:51 PM ET
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PP slows the Celtics down to a thud, KG still has value and is an asset on the court. Doc is a good coach, having him around isn't going to hurt. I like him with young players, he's a great role model. PP needs to be the odd man out this year.

I agree with this. The Celtics need to go the way of Rondo and Green. Likewise, Ainge and the front office need to stop goofing around and find a real Center so KG can play Power Forward. He's been playing out of position for two years. Get Gortat or go over the cap and make Dwight Howard an offer. They (finally) have the backup PG they needed (3 years ago)... Now a legit big man is needed.

 
May 17, 2013  04:22 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Good comment...Buy him out for his $5m and then sign him to another 2-5...that is going to be about what a team offers a 35-36yr old player like him.He would be looking at the mid-level exception from most squads.Actually, if the Lakers let Metta go, Pierce would be a nice fit there....many NBA vets seem to find their retirement in LA to be suitable.

I'm sorry but I don't think Pierce would EVER sign with the Lakers....way to much pride to jump from one historic team to it's biggest arch rival. Regardless of the amount. Pierce is a loyal guy and wouldn't do that.

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