The Boston Celtics are reportedly willing to trade their veteran players in hopes of starting a new chapter in the franchise’s history. Paul Pierce is one of those older starters, and even though he helped bring a title to Boston, the front-office has no problem trading him away. As a matter of fact, general manager Danny Ainge said he would ship off Pierce if the right offer came along.
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And now, Sam Amico from Fox Sports Ohio reports that the Los Angeles Lakers are trying to bring Pierce to Southern California.
“Also, the Lakers reportedly are trying to find a way to land Paul Pierce. Not sure yet, what they are willing to give up. But again, it won’t be an easy deal to make. The Celtics love him, obviously.”
The Lakers would also have to try to find a way to send younger players to the Celtics. The Celtics are preparing for the future and trading Pierce for more older players would not make much sense.
However, despite the fact that the Celtics and Lakers share the longest and most intense rivalry in the NBA, Pierce would make a good fit for the Lakers. Pierce grew up in the Los Angeles area and watched legends Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar play, so this would be a home-coming for him.
Paul Pierce can help the Lakers tremendously at the three position and can offer support to Kobe Bryant. Yes these two have not been the best of friends on the basketball court, but Pierce is a player who can create his own shot.
Ron Artest and Matt Barnes had some scuffles with Kobe Bryant in the past and they moved to Los Angeles, so why can’t Paul Pierce?