Pierce staying positive after trade from Celtics

Pierce staying positive after trade from Celtics
August 8, 2013, 5:00 pm
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It's been almost a month since the Celtics trade of Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to the Nets became official, and while some Celtics fans may not be happy with it, Pierce himself understands why the only team he ever played for traded him away.

Pierce, speaking Thursday on “Under Center” with Donovan McNabb & Mark Malone on NBC Sports Radio, reiterated that he doesn't hold a grudge against the Celtics in wake of the trade, citing the "business decision" that the C's had to make.

"I understand they're a business. At the end of the day it's not about Paul Pierce. The Boston Celtics have a business to run, and [they're] going to be around a lot longer than I'm going to be able to play," Pierce said. "It was really a business decision. You saw the writing on the wall at the end of the year when Doc was the first one to head out. So I knew at that point that something was going to happen.

"They decided to go into rebuild mode. At this stage in my career, none of us want to be a part of rebuild mode especially when you've had a taste of success. I just thought at the end it started to become mutual. They were going in a direction that I didn't want to go in. Brooklyn Nets trade was a great opportunity for me to extend my career and try to win another championship."

Of course, there could be plenty of worse places to be traded away to. On top of that, Pierce will go with one of his best friends in Garnett, and Jason Terry will join them as well. Pierce didn't have a say in where he was traded to, but Garnett did. As it turns out, it was Pierce who had to nudge Garnett ahead on waiving his no-trade clause to Brooklyn.

"It was just, you know, you had to convince him," Pierce said of Garnett. "KG is the type of guy that says no to everything right off the top no matter what it is. … I knew it was going to take a while.

"I talked to Coach Kidd before the trade went down and he told me they were trying to get Kevin, 'what do you think, can you call him and see if he would agree to the trade?' So I called him, we talked for a while, and once we knew that the Clippers deal was dead - because everybody thought he was going to the Clippers - this was the second-best opportunity for him to not have any pressure, you have another big man that you can play with, you have a chance to win another championship, and you don't have to carry a huge load. So once I got that through to him, he was like, 'It doesn't sound all that bad', and he loves the City of New York so it just was a good fit and he understood that."