I dug into the comments Paul Pierce made to Molly McGrath of Celtics.com late last week on the C’s offseason and Ray Allen, but the Truth had more to say over the weekend in a piece by Gary Washburn of The Boston Globe, detailing just why he didn’t directly recruit Allen this offseason, while also sharing some candidness about his long-term future with the C’s.
Pierce’s comments were a bit eye-opening to a degree, with the matter-of-fact stance he took on Allen and his willingness to explore free agency moving forward. Here are the comments on Allen, which were a bit more forthcoming than the ones from his Celtics.com
Allen said Pierce did not try to recruit him back to Boston, and Pierce agreed with that assessment.
“I didn’t really feel the need for that,” he said. “Ray’s been here five years. Ain’t like I don’t know him and I’m trying to get him here. He knows everything that’s going on. He knows what he wants. I don’t think there’s nothing I could have said, KG, (Kevin Garnett), Doc [Rivers] or anybody could have said that could have changed his mind. I would love to have him back here. I thought it would have made our chances greater at getting to the Finals.”
Here’s Paul on his long-term future
“I think I am going to play this one out,” he said. “I want to see what it feels like to be a free agent for once in my life. I think I am going to play this one out. A lot can change in two years. My body [may not] be where I want it to be, I could retire, a lot of things could happen. I love the game. I made as much money as I possibly can. It’s about winning a championship and if I feel like it’s the right thing to do, maybe so [come back]. If I solidify my third year, maybe they opt out, so it’s about keeping your options open.”
Rich Keefe and I broke down the remarks on 98.5 The Sports Hub in Boston over the weekend, wondering amongst other things if Pierce and company had grown a bit tired of Allen’s mentality in the locker room. We also discuss whether there really is a significant chance Pierce could finish his career elsewhere. You can give it a listen by clicking the play button below, or downloading the mp3.