To me, the bolded parts dont make sense. Dont give up Pierce if you're just treading water. What would Gay bring that Pierce isnt bringing already? Dont forget Pierce comes of the books in 2 years. Looking at their salary situation Pierce, Garnett and Rondo make a lot of money but its really Green, Lee, Terry and Bass that clutter things up.
And why would the Clippers need another veteran? They already have Billups, Odom, Crawfort, Hill....Besides, since Paul isnt an maintenance free player, its unlikely they will even consider giving up a point guard.
Why ST? Why would you go after Beasly for Pierce? The only thing Beasly does statisticly better is block .3 shot more. He wouldnt help the C in no other way than frustrate them and losing their fan base by trading their captain for a proven loser.
If draft chooses are what you're after than you've got to hold a garage sale and everybody must go, Rondo, Pierce Garnett....And you have to accept that this and the next season are lost.
What I mean is, they are unlikely to get anything better than that for Pierce. When comparing Beasley with Pierce, you have to remember a couple of things: (1) Beasley is a lot younger than Pierce, and one of the main things Boston needs to do is get younger if they want to improve their chances in the future; (2) Beasley has never reached the ceiling his talents would suggest he can achieve. It is very clear when looking at his game that the root cause of his issues is mental - all of the physical skills are there to be a dominant player. If any team were able to get through to him and get him to his potential, it would be Boston given the strength of its locker room.
Anyway, on further consideration there are a couple of other avenues they could explore if they're looking to trade Pierce. At the end of the day, the Celtics need to either blow it up or try to retool on the fly, The longer they hold on to Pierce and Garnett the more their value declines, and in order for either method to be successful they need to get something back for them. Blowing it up means they need young talent or draft picks. But who actively wants Pierce enough to give up that sort of asset for him? You're looking at the small pool of contending teams, of which:
- OKC have some young talent and picks, but no cap space for him (if they did, they'd just have kept Harden).
- Lakers haven't got anything the Celtics would want, ditto the Heat.
- Clippers have Bledsoe, but are unlikely to want to take on the salary.
- Grizzlies...well, Gay for Pierce works but I don't see that it helps them too much, especially now that deal with Cleveland puts them under the tax line.
- Spurs have a few nice young guys. Kawhi Leonard, Nando de Colo, Cory Joseph, etc. They might be able to construct a deal there, but I don't know whether it's the sort of deal Buford would go for.
- Nuggets aren't giving up Iguodala in a trade like this, and it would seem redundant to have both Iggy and Pierce on the same team. Seems unlikely they're going to want him enough to give up significant assets.
- Nets have MarShon Brooks who they've not really been using properly. I guess there might be something there.
That's pretty much everyone who might be willing to sacrifice quality assets to get Pierce. Nobody else is going to be elevated to contender status by adding him I don't think, so there's no point in giving up significant assets in a deal unless they are deemed cancerous in some way.
- take whatever young assets the Spurs would be willing to give up.
- gamble on MarShon Brooks, whose game has been well described as "only good for putting up numbers on a bad team".
- trade for some toxic assets that other teams wouldn't mind dumping a la Beasley or Bargnani.
I think the best option is to go after the things they need: a point and rebounding. Sucker Sacramento into giving up Brooks and Cousins. They are moving so they want to shed contracts. Offer them Terry, Bass and Sullinger (talented rookie).
Dont forget Pierce, Garnett and Rondo are reasons for top quality players to come to Boston. Who knows, maybe Howard will wear green next year.
That's never happening. For starters, Sacramento's assets are on lockdown until the sale of the team has gone through, and that's highly unlikely to be until after the deadline. But in any case, Sullinger is the only real asset they'd be getting there (they've already got a solid PF on the roster in Jason Thompson, so Bass is only a marginal upgrade, and their backcourt is already full to bursting with players that would not complement Terry at all), and he absolutely does not match up to Cousins in terms of trade value.