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Pierce Pressuring Ainge

Posted by r1zzo23 on June 26, 2007

It seems that Paul Pierce has not backed off his statement of wanting an all-star caliber running mate next season. According to, his thoughts haven’t changed.

Here’s the problem for Ainge: According to a league executive, Paul Pierce has finally told team management that unless the Celtics come out of this week with a talented veteran co-star for him, they should expect him to make a public declaration soon after Thursday’s draft that he wants a trade.

“Danny is under tremendous pressure, from inside and outside, to get a deal for someone done this week,” one league executive said.

I will not be too happy with Ainge if he blinks and deals #5 and Al Jefferson for KG or, even worse, Jermaine O’Neal. Make the pick at #5 then pursue Gasol or Rashard Lewis hard. If nothing transpires, then I say cut ties with Pierce and really rebuild.


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