The Clippers made an initial offering to try to trade for Paul Pierce that the Nets felt was underwhelming at best.
The pile of bodies known as Reggie Bullock, Matt Barnes and Jared Dudley was (obviously) of little interest, and unless L.A. was willing to bring something more legitimate to the table, Brooklyn’s interest level was reported to be firmly at zero.
So, what exactly would it cost in order for the Nets to consider reuniting Pierce with Doc Rivers in Los Angeles?
From Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:
Unless Clippers are willing to trade JJ Redick or first-round picks to Nets for Paul Pierce, a sign-and-trade is unlikely, sources tell Y
The future picks part wouldn’t be so hard to envision, since Brooklyn needs them (badly) and a Clippers team expecting to play deep into the postseason for the foreseeable future doesn’t have a whole lot of use for them.
Giving up Redick might be a little harder to swallow, and not only because of his value as a 15.2 points per game scorer. Rivers had to lobby hard with then-Clippers owner Donald Sterling to bring Redick aboard last summer, reportedly due to Sterling’s concerns over paying a player who was white.
All of that is in the past now for the Clippers, but the effects of Sterling’s behavior may linger on, and Redick remaining in Los Angeles might be one of them. Either way, it appears as though the Clippers will have to give up something of actual value if they want to add Pierce to the fold for next season.
Chris Paul broke his finger Saturday.
The initial diagnosis said the injury wasn’t serious.
Ben Bolch of the Los Angeles Times:
Paul obviously wouldn’t push it during the preseason. If the Clippers are allowing him to play, this can’t be bad.
Really, the most challenging aspect to this is grasping the concept that a broke finger can be a minor injury.
Brad Stevens has a big challenge this year – sorting the Celtics’ deep roster of similarly able players.
It seems that process is shaking out at power forward and center.
A. Sherrod Blakely of CSN Northeast:
it appears Boston’s first four bigs will be starters David Lee and Tyler Zeller, with Amir Johnson and Kelly Olynyk off the bench.
That leaves Jonas Jerebko and Jared Sullinger, potentially on the outside looking in as far as the regular rotation is concerned.
Lee is the best passer of the bunch, which could partially explain why he’s starting. Boston’s most likely starting point guard, Marcus Smart, is still growing into the role of the lead ball-handler at the NBA level. Lee and presumptive starting shooting guard Avery Bradley can take some pressure off him.
Olynyk can space the floor for Isaiah Thomas-Johnson pick-and-rolls with the reserves and run pick-and-pops with Thomas himself.
I’m a little surprised Zeller is starting over Johnson, though. The Celtics just signed Johnson to a $12 million salary, and I thought they’d rely on his defense to set a tone early. Like Johnson, Zeller is a quality pick-and-roll finisher who can thrive with Thomas.
This is particularly bad news for Sullinger, who – barring a surprising contract extension – is entering a contract year. It seems those reports of offseason conditioning haven’t yet paid off. Jerebko’s deal also isn’t guaranteed beyond this season, but at least he has already gotten his mid-sized payday. Sullinger is still on his rookie-scale contract.