Situation: Signed for $15.3 million in 2013; Team can buy him out for $5 million
Reasons for keeping: As good as Jeff Green was in the playoffs, it’s unrealistic to expect him to fully replace the Celtics’ No. 2 all-time scorer. Pierce has one year left on his deal. If the Celtics let Pierce play out his contract, he comes off the books after the season and they’re free to sign someone else. In terms of competitiveness, if Pierce goes now, the Celtics are going to get worse before they get better. Sentimentality also plays a role here.
Reasons for replacing: The Celtics are delaying the rebuilding process if they hold on to Pierce. If there’s a deal for Pierce that brings back a young player or a draft pick, that process starts sooner. Green has also shown that he’s better with more minutes, so removing Pierce from the lineup clears a path for Green to do his thing.
Dzen’s take: Keep him
What would you do?