CLEVELAND,OH - As we get closer to the NBA draft on Thursday night, the Cavaliers who own the top pick in this years upcoming draft are exploring all of their options.
The Boston Globe and Fox Sports have both confirmed the Cavaliers and the Celtics are discussing a trade for Celtics small forward Paul Pierce. In the deal, the Cavaliers would send both of their second round draft picks to Boston for the 14 year veteran in exchange for his services.
The Cavaliers are no doubt paying very close attention to the possible breakup of the Celtics with rumors of head coach Doc Rivers being traded along with Kevin Garnett to the Los Angeles Clippers.
In order to shed Pierce's 15 million dollar salary, the team would have to buy out his contract for 5 million dollars. Celtics GM Danny Ainge would no doubt be interested in exploring all of his options if the team is thinking about a possible rebuild.
The Cavaliers are in the market for a small forward wether it would be thru free agency or the draft. Pierce has spent all 14 years of his career with the Celtics, which is a rarity in the team hoping, no allegiance version of the NBA that teams have become accustom to. Pierce who will turn 36 in November has averaged 22.0 ppg over his career in Boston and is a ten time NBA all star.
The Cavaliers have four picks in Thursday's draft, including two in the first round and two more in the second.