May 3, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Celtics small forward Paul Pierce (34) during the second quarter in game six of the first round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs against the New York Knicks at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

Paul Pierce Buyout? Conflicting Reports Surrounding Boston Celtics Plans

Paul Pierce has been a member of the Boston Celtics for his entire NBA career, but that time could finally be coming to an end. After failing to win a series in the postseason, there is a belief that the Boston Celtics could finally reach the point where they move forward with their young group of players and enter full rebuilding mode. Pierce is set to make $15,333,334 next season, so the $5 million buyout by June 30 could be very appealing to Celtics officials to save the money and begin their rebuilding process.

Of course, there are conflicting reports about the potential buyout of Pierce’s contract.

Bob Finnan of The News-Herald writes:

Sources indicate Celtics director of basketball operations Danny Ainge will likely buy out forward Paul Pierce’s $15 million contract for next year

Then there is the report from Rich Levine of CSN New England, who says a team source laughed off the idea:

But for it’s worth, I spoke with a team source this weekend who immediately laughed off this report.

The funny part wasn’t the idea that the Celtics will buy out Pierce, because, as we know, that’s obviously within the realm of possibility. The joke was the suggestion that the C’s are “likely” to do anything at this point in time.

Levine’s report doesn’t rule out the possibility that Pierce could be bought out, so there is a reason to believe that Finnan could have found a source more willing to talk and provide information.

One thing to keep an eye on is a potential trade.

If the Celtics are prepared to move forward without Pierce, they should actively explore the trade market for potential suitors before deciding to buy out the contract.

What do you think is the best plan for Boston moving foward? Sound off in the comments section and share your thoughts.

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