Who’s this John Carroll guy, right? Why does he think he’s qualified to talk about Paul Pierce’s value? Listen, pops: John Carroll was the Celtics’ interim head coach in 2003-2004. He coached Paul Pierce. Did you coach Paul Pierce? You did? Oh, sorry Mr. O’Brien. Didn’t recognize you with that haircut. No, it’s nice.
This is an Insider article, so I don’t want to post the commentary or else ESPN might send its enforcer after me (it’s Sage Steele). So below are the unedited trades Carroll put forward. Carroll notes that “ancillary players” may have to be included for the salaries to work out.
1. Pierce to the Atlanta Hawks for PF Josh Smith
2. Pierce to the Memphis Grizzlies for SF Rudy Gay
3. Pierce to the Indiana Pacers for SF Danny Granger
4. Pierce to the Utah Jazz for Paul Millsap and future draft pick or Enes Kanter
5. Pierce to the Houston Rockets for Kevin Martin and Patrick Patterson/Jordan Hill
What do you think? Don’t yell at me, I’m just posting them.