Thursday, April 18, 2013
Report: Warriors Turned Down Trade For Paul Pierce At Deadline
Grantland's Bill Simmons is reporting that the Warriors declined a trade that would send Harrison Barnes, and either Richard Jefferson or Andris Biedrins, to the Celtics for Paul Pierce.
Pierce will be a free agent after the season.
"Warrants mentioning: The Warriors turned down Pierce from Boston in February for Harrison Barnes and a 2014 expiring contract (either Andris Biedrins or Richard Jefferson). I would have done it because they would have been selling super-high on the disappears-way-too-much Barnes (notice he didn't even make "honorable mention") and Pierce would have made them a short-term contender. Could you go to small-ball war against OKC with Curry, Jack, Pierce, Thompson and David Lee? Actually, I think you could. I'd rather have Pierce's final four years then Barnes's next 10, anyway."
The Warriors have made it clear that they feel Barnes will amount to a very productive player in the NBA, and while Pierce would have made Golden State a better team talent-wise, Barnes is a part of the future of the team.
Barnes' NBA ceiling is higher than the probability of Pierce re-signing with the Warriors next season if the trade ever went through.