Pierce, Garnett unsure of what next season will bring

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.

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