Will they be able to gain any flexibility?
Buying out Pierce would give the Celtics <em>some </em> flexibility by moving them closer to the cap, but they’d still be over. As it stands for next season, the Celtics have 12 players on the books for a combined $73 million. Courtney Lee and Jason Terry will make $10.5 million between them. Trading someone like Lee, Terry, or Brandon Bass would be a place to start. The Celtics will get matching salaries back, but they could also acquire younger, unproven players or picks. Contending teams may have an interest in the Celtics’ veterans for that additional piece.