Several former Celtics, such as Kendrick Perkins and Kevin Garnett, have already chimed in on the Rajon Rondo trade in the past week. Paul Pierce became the latest to throw in his two cents on the move prior to his Wizards 102-88 win over the Celtics Saturday night.
The long-time Celtics captain expressed his surprise to the trade to The Boston Herald’s Steve Bulpett.
“I was a little bit surprised, especially because trade season starts close to All-Star or after All-Star break,” Pierce said. “But we had a chance to talk. We had our weekly mass text, and he understood the situation. The Celtics were either going to go in one direction, build around him, or continue with the youth movement. So I think Rondo understood it. I was shocked definitely, because I thought this was a year they were going to maybe this summer find some pieces to put around him. But he had a great run in Boston, and as long as he’s happy, that’s all that matters.”
Pierce scored 17 points in just 19 minutes in the Wizards’ blowout win on Saturday night. Like Rondo, Pierce appears to be enjoying life with his new team, as the Wizards have jumped out to a 21-8 start this season and remain one of the top contenders in the East.