By Pat O'Rourke
And for good reason – he had spent more than half his life with the Boston Celtics. Had he spent three more seasons in Boston, chances are he’d stand alone as the franchise’s all-time leader in points, games played, and minutes played. Not too shabby for an organization with a legacy shaped by names like Russell, Cousy, Havlicek, and Bird.
But in a Q&A session with Slam Online’s Adam Figman, Pierce opened up on the trade, and leaving the only team he’d known for the first fifteen seasons of his NBA career.
“After the season, the owners decided they wanted to go in that direction,” Pierce told Figman. “I didn’t want to be a part of rebuilding; Kevin [Garnett] didn’t want to be a part of rebuilding; Doc [Rivers] didn’t want to be part of rebuilding. I think it was all mutual.”
From the sound of it, none of the three (Rivers, Pierce, Garnett) wanted to be a part of the rebuilding process. Likewise, the Celtics didn’t want those three to be stuck in a losing situation.
“[The Celtics] wanted to help on our end,” added Pierce. “So Doc went to L.A., and they sent us to Brooklyn for a chance to win a Championship.”
Pierce was traded to Brooklyn with Garnett and Jason Terry in exchange for Kris Humphries, Gerald Wallace, Keith Bogans, MarShon Brooks, Kris Joseph, and three future first-round draft picks.