Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce
Season stats: Pierce: 19.0 points, 5.7 rebounds; Garnett: 14.7 points. 7.0 rebounds
Chances Rivers was referring to them: Low
Case for trading: The Celtics aren’t going to consider trading Pierce or Garnett unless they consider this season a lost cause. A contending team would love to have either player, but you’re probably getting draft picks in return. If the Celtics are truly out of it, moving one of these two could set them up for the future and prevent them from being out of luck when Pierce and KG move on.
Case for keeping: Losing either Garnett or Pierce would send the Celtics into a tailspin. After watching a contender for five years, Celtics fans would not handle rooting for a bottom-dweller. Not sure there’s a deal out there where it makes sense to part with your best players.