Chad Ford: Pierce Likely Wants Trade, If No Star Arriving

Way Of The Ray wayoftheray at
Sat Jun 23 07:50:33 CDT 2007

The rumblings this afternoon are that Kevin Garnett
might back off his "no trade to Boston" demand if the
Timberwolves can't work out a deal with the Suns.

The bad news ... if he doesn't, the clock is ticking
on the Paul Pierce time bomb. His agent, Jeff
Schwartz, told me that Pierce would love to play with
KG and is still hoping that the Celtics find a way to
bring in a star. However, if he can't, Schwartz said
he thinks Paul will ask for a trade from Danny Ainge,
the Celtics executive director of basketball

"Danny's got to make a decision," Schwartz said. "It
just won't make sense to keep Paul if the Celtics
can't compete for a championship. They should trade
him and get young players that can help them rebuild."

If KG says no and Shawn Marion says no -- who else is
out there? The Celtics could revist a Pau Gasol trade.
An offer of the No. 5 pick, Delonte West and the
expiring contract of Theo Ratliff may be enough to get
it done. That way the Celtics keep Al Jefferson and
don't give up much of their core.

The Grizzlies might just bite at that. They are having
trouble deciding between Joakim Noah and Mike Conley
at No. 4. This way they could have both. However,
we're hearing that the Grizz are also taking to the
Hawks about a deal that would send Gasol to Atlanta
for the No. 3 pick. That deal would something like
this: Josh Childress, Lorenzen Wright, Anthony Johnson
and the No. 3 pick for Gasol.

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