Celtics forwards Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett spoke about their uncertain futures following Boston’s elimination from the playoffs Friday night.
The Celtics have a decision to make on Pierce. They can keep at his $15.3 million salary, buy him out for $5 million, or trade him. Pierce said earlier this week that if the Celtics moved him in the offseason he would later come back and sign a one-day contract to retire as a Celtic. He said Friday night that he wasn’t sure what the future would hold.
“That’s hard to say,” said Pierce. “I think that’s a question for Danny Ainge and this team to figure out. I have no idea.”
Pierce did say he’d “definitely be playing” somewhere next season. He was asked if the Celtics could make another run next season with the same unit and a healthy Rajon Rondo.
“That’s a decision for them to make,” said Pierce. “I’ve been here 15 years now and there’s been changes every year I’ve been here.” He added, “It’s a lot of mixed emotions right now.”
Garnett’s fortunes appear partially tied to Pierce. Garnett is under contract for two more seasons at $11.5 million and $12 million. He said he has not made a decision concerning his future.
“I demand a lot of myself, both in intensity and my skill level,” said Garnett. “I’d be lying to you all if I said Paul didn’t influence that decision.”
The two left TD Garden together Friday night.