With their attempts at acquiring Josh Smith likely floundering, the Brooklyn Nets have appeared to make a run at Paul Pierce according to reports from Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski.
The Nets’ offer centered on forward Kris Humphries, guard MarShon Brooks and a first-round draft pick, but the Celtics want a more substantial package to consider moving Pierce, league sources said.
“The Celtics still highly value Pierce and it wouldn’t make sense to trade him for that kind of a package if they’re keeping Kevin Garnett,” one league source said.
Boston has shown interest in forward Mirza Teletovic and securing another possible first-round pick, but the Nets have shown no inclination to pay that steep of a price for Pierce.
CH’s Take: We haven’t addressed the possibility of a Nets trade this year, (who was in the running for Pierce last year as well), simply because their assets are awful. Upon further reflection of this belief, and the Nets’ reported offer, the sentiment stands. In fact, if Danny Ainge was even close to considering this kind of an offer, I would have feared for his safety in greater Boston area in the coming days given how rightfully beloved Pierce is in Boston.
Forgot the fact from a basketball standpoint the move is awful. Humphries is a strong rebounder who can’t play much defense. Brooks is a guy the C’s could have drafted two years ago, but drafted JaJuan Johnson over him instead. The first round picks will be towards the end of the first round for years to come, making them a relative crap shoot to be worth anything of value.
Once you get past all that though, just the image of Humphries, one of the most disliked players in the game, in a Celtics uniform, would be a bit too much to stomach. You’d hope someone in the front office would at least make Ainge aware of that.
All things considered, probably nothing to see here. These kinds of offers though show you why Pierce is unlikely to go anywhere this season.