Paul Pierce and Avery Bradley have more serious injuries than previously thought, but both players went through the morning shootaround Thursday and are expected to play in Game 6.
The team revealed that Pierce has a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee, while Bradley has a strained left rotator cuff.
Pierce suffered the MCL sprain during a shootaround before Game 4 Sunday in Boston and further aggravated it in a collision with Josh Smith that night. He looked hobbled at times in Game 5.
Danny Ainge does not want to see another decline in the franchise like the one that happened after the Boston Celtics’ original Big Three dried up, and he is reportedly willing to break up his current star trio to ensure that.
The only problem is that he is not seeing any worthwhile deals to make.
The Celtics have limped to a 5-8 start behind 34-year-old Paul Pierce, 35-year-old Kevin Garnett and 36-year-old Ray Allen. Ainge, the Celtics’ president of basketball operations, told The Boston Globe that he would consider a trade if it would help the team get younger and be poised to be competitive in the next era.
With the Celtics struggling to begin the 11-12 season, several teams have inquired about the availability of Paul Pierce.
One Eastern Conference official said, there are “lots of calls asking if [Boston] will blow it up.”
Pierce has two years and $32 million left on his contract through the 13-14 season. Trading Pierce would allow the Celtics to become players in free agency.
New Jersey Nets point guard Deron Williams has chosen to sign with Jeff Schwartz as his new agent, according to sources with knowledge of the decision.
The decision to sign with Schwartz’s Excel Sports Management means that the top three free agents in the summer of 2012 will all be represented by different agents.
Orlando’s Dwight Howard is represented by Dan Fegan, New Orleans’ Chris Paul signed with Leon Rose last summer and now Williams is aligning with Schwartz, whose client roster includes top veterans Paul Pierce, Jason Kidd, Tyson Chandler and Lamar Odom, as well as young stars Blake Griffin and Kevin Love.
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Paul Pierce sets himself up for the nice slam with the fancy dribble drive.
Injuries have forced Boston into thinking about making a move. The Celtics, once thought to be bystanders, now are at least thinking of tweaking their roster due to the recent, serious injury to Marquis Daniels.
Nate Robinson, Marquis Daniels
The area of concentration is Daniels’ position: small forward or big guard. Not only would it help to have someone who can step into that role to spell Daniels — there is no assurance he will be back after bruising his spinal cord — but also to spell Paul Pierce and Ray Allen, both of whom have played in all 54 games this season.
Going the trade route means the Celtics must part with someone, and, looking at their roster, there are only two viable candidates: Daniels and Nate Robinson.
Both Kendrick Perkins and Glen Davis have expiring contracts, but they clearly are part of the team’s future. No one is going to take on Jermaine O’Neal (called “a basketball wastrel” by one NBA executive) and everyone else is either safe or has little to no trade value.
The Celtics held on to beat the Heat Sunday, but did so in spite of the second-worst shooting game of Paul Pierce’s career.
Pierce missed all 10 of his shots and scored one point in the Boston Celtics’ 85-82 win over the Miami Heat on Sunday.
“I’m just battling a couple of minor injuries to my hand and my foot,” he said. “So I think that really explains my tentativeness and my off shooting today.”
Pierce said he sprained his right shooting hand in practice Saturday then was hit on it Sunday.