A day after Allen Iverson asked to be traded from Philadelphia, the Celtics locker room was buzzing with talk about The Answer.
“I mean, it would definitely provide some excitement to get a player the caliber of Allen Iverson,” said Paul Pierce. “Who would want to turn that down?”
Pierce was asked if he would give Iverson an endorsement to Danny Ainge.
“When it was going on in the summer I told you how I felt,” said Pierce. “It would be great to get him.”
Pierce was then asked if he would specifically have a talk with Ainge to try and get him to bring Iverson to Boston.
“I don’t know,” said Pierce, after hesitating for a moment. “I wouldn’t mind having him, though.”
Celtics forward Brian Scalabrine also wanted to get in on the Iverson talk.
“I got Iverson for Vince Carter, straight up,” said Scalabrine.
Pierce shot up when he heard Scalabrine’s trade proposal.
“That would be killer,” said Pierce. “That (New Jersey) fast break would be sick.”
Despite also being on a losing team, Pierce said his situation in Boston was not comparable to Iverson’s in Philadelphia. Pierce said he is not asking to be traded.
“I think we’re in two different situations,” said Pierce. “Philadelphia has really tried to rebuild around Allen Iverson with the Webber trade, and they see that it didn’t really work out. Whereas us, we’re focusing on helping our younger guys grow. So it’s totally different situations: Waiting on the patience of a young team versus a team that has already peaked.
Celtics coach Doc Rivers said he found out about the Iverson trade demand when he arrived at the arena tonight, but said he should have known earlier because his phone has been ringing all day. Rivers is prohibited from commenting on potential trades.