The most interesting news this morning comes from a piece on Hoopsworld. This is sure to get the blogs buzzing. A source close to the organization who is a well respected judge of international talent says that Danny is infatuated with Yi and will take him if available when we pick. That is an interesting tidbit, but the most interesting part of the article is this:
One source said, "Paul is not a big fan of a youth movement at all. He wants to win right now." The source also questioned Pierce's ability to lead the Celtics coming down the stretch of games. "You know, he is to blame for some of Boston's problems. He turns the ball over a lot and hasn't proved he can deliver at the end of games. He is just as much to blame for their problems as anyone else." Both sources indicated the Celtics will almost certainly explore the possibility of moving Pierce this summer, especially since he has no intention of being part of a youth movement in Boston. If the Celtics had been able to land the #1 pick and the right to draft Greg Oden, chances are Pierce would have seen the light at the end of the tunnel. Whether or not he ends up feeling the same way about a 22-year-old kid from China remains to be seen.
Let the Paul Pierce trade scenarios begin. I have to say that I agree in part that some of this team's problems have to fall at Pierce's feet. I have had this feeling that although the team started off running last season with 2 very quick PG's, the reason they slowed it down to a mostly half court game is that Pierce doesn't want to run. On the one hand, he says he likes his teammtes and praises them and on the other hand he demands that Danny trade them for a veteran. I wonder how that makes them feel? And as the article says, Pierce is one of the worst offenders when it comes to turnovers. I really am tired of seeing him drive into a triple team and lose the ball instead of passing to an open teammate. I like Pierce. It would be great for him to finish his career in Boston, but if he isn't happy with Boston's direction, he should take his max contract elsewhere because one thing we don't need is another malcontent in the locker room.
The Herald reports that the Celtics are open to trade offers for the 5th pick (and from what we read on Hoopsworld, possibly Pierce as well). The top players won't be participating but the Celtics still need to evaluate everyone because they may trade down and still have the 32nd pick to plan for.