Originally Posted by Nets Daily
Remember when New Jersey's bid for Dwight Howard fell through, then they panicked and swapped a top-three protected 2012 pick to Portland for Gerald Wallace, and everyone said, "Wait a second, why would someone give up a top-three protected pick for the third-best player on a sub-.500 team?" Not reported at the time: New Jersey could have landed Pierce for that same pick, only they chose Wallace because he was a full five years younger.
So apparently we could have had Paul Pierce instead of Gerald Wallace. While Pierce is (in my mind) still one of the best scorers in this league, he does cost a lot more while Gerald Wallace has a player option next year. But the pick is a pretty important one because its only top 3 protected and this upcoming draft is considered a deep one. I think Gerald Wallace complements Deron better but like I said, Paul Pierce, while 4 years older, is still one of the most lethal forwards in the league. Also I heard Doc Rivers was very against breaking up the big 3 and wanted one more year to compete for the title so maybe thats why we ended up with Gerald instead.
What do you guys think? Should the Nets have pursued Pierce harder?