Since the Boston Celtics shipped head coach Doc Rivers to the Los Angeles Clippers, it has been believed that the next players to go will be veterans Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce as the team looks to enter a rebuilding mode. While moving the two vets seems like something that is certain to go down, Celtics President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge tells fans not to expect any big moves.
From the Boston Herald:
Ainge might be playing his cards close to the vest, but even after confirming the Celtics have been involved in some interesting discussions with other clubs, he isn’t expecting to make any big splashes tonight with a deal that could include some players already under contract.
The Celts have until Sunday to decide whether to buy out the last year of Paul Pierce’s contract for $5 million or guarantee him some $15.3 million for next season, and it is known the captain has drawn interest around the league. But again, Ainge doesn’t anticipate fireworks from Celtics draft headquarters tonight.
“I don’t see it,” he said. “We’ve been working hard and been looking at all sorts of things over the last few weeks. We’re not close to anything like that yet, so I don’t know. I don’t sense that we will or that there’s a possibility.”
Where have we heard this before?
Oh yeah, when Ainge said that the team wasn’t close to trading Doc Rivers.
All signs point towards the Celtics looking to move Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, so if nothing goes down tonight, we can expect some movement later in July.