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Old 06-15-2006, 09:37 AM   #10
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Originally Posted by saKf
The top ten part is certainly arguable, but Pierce is a stud. Boston seems content with keeping him with the youth, though. Kind of sucks for him.
If he doesn't like it then he can just go ahead and not sign his extension this summer or exercise his final year's player option. Anyhow, he seemed to be enjoying himself last season. Paul Pierce is a grown man, quite capable of deciding what he does and does not want to do with his career.
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They should trade him before he gets old and leaves them for a contender a la Gary Payton, Michael Finley...
GP was, in fact, traded before he "got old" but he was dealt for a great, younger player (Ray Allen). If the deal that moves P brings us a younger player of Ray Allen's caliber, I wouldn't argue with it. Michael Finley is actually a completely different case. The Mavs could still have him right now but Cuban decided it was too important to save money, so he was waived under the luxury tax amnesty clause (or whatever it's called). And that had more to do with his contract being bigger than his contribution. Right now, Paul Pierce is well-worth his deal to the Celtics. And for most of his time in Dallas, Fin was also worth it, providing leadership, toughness, some clutch play, and around 20 points a night.
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