Is is unreasonable for Pierce to suggest that he take a pay cut to maybe $8 or 9 M for the 2013-14 season? Add in a no trade so that he does not have to worry about being dumped out in February at the trade deadline.
I know that the $6 M the Celtics would save would not allow them to go out and get a max level free agent, but it would certainly give them a lot more flexibility in building the team for next season.
For Pierce it would allow him to remain with the Celtics as he would like, retire as a Celtic in the right way and give Ainge a chance to better add to the roster for next year.
If it is only all about the mighty dollar, I am sure that Pierce would not make such an offer, but I also would think that he already has enough money to allow him to consider staying in Boston.
And, he would not be the first guy to take a cut to stay where he wants. it is not like his buddy, KG, did not take a pay cut going in to last season from about $20 M down to $12 M.