While the hearts of many who bleed green and white were broken when the Boston Celtics traded Paul Pierce to the Brooklyn Nets this past offseason, no heart bled more than Pierce’s.
The veteran who had spent his entire career with the Celtics organization knew he was on the trade block, but once the rumors became reality, he was devastated according to ESPN’s Jackie MacMullan.
Pierce was not presented with the precious option of determining his own fate. This fact stung him; staggered him, actually. Even though he knew it was coming, when the Celtics finally traded him, he was devastated.
Not only was Pierce upset over the trade, he wondered why he wasn’t given the same opportunity as so many greats before him – the opportunity to spend an entire career with one organization.
Of course, the Celtics were going no place with Pierce at the helm and change needed to be made from a business standpoint. But that understandably doesn’t make the move hurt any less.