I was going to make a new thread but I may as well bump this one. There are some lingering rumors about Memphis interest in Pierce. After the Rondo news we can all sort of take a sober look at this. Here is my perspective.
Pierce for Gay helps Memphis more than it helps us I think. Gay isn't a wow player, his stats are underwhelming for his usage and his salary is way over what he's worth. Pierce is a more efficient player and he's huge cap relief next season. I'd trade Pierce for Gay if we can shed a smaller contract like Bass along with him. Something like:
That trade probably overvalues Pierce's cap space to the Griz but a small market team being over the cap for consecutive seasons can be really expensive. I don't think we should be in a rush to trade Pierce unless the right deal comes around. If Memphis wants to get under the cap we should make them pay with a prospect like Wroten and taking on Bass's deal.
Another option is the pitch the Dream Team idea to Sam Presti. Take Pierce on a 1-year, Garnett agrees to the trade and we get back Martin/Perk/Lamb/PJIII and Toronto's pick.. That is a lot to ask but it puts Oklahoma City in great shape salary wise and makes them the odds on favorite to win this season...and probably next if Garnett doesn't retire. The deal is essentially that they upgrade from Perkins to Garnett and give up 2 pretty promising prospects and a pick from a garbage draft (4-14 in 2013).
The upside for us is a ton of rebuilding blocks, cap space and Perk being back in Green. I know he's overpaid but I just love Perk.
Obviously I'm asking a ton in these trades but the premise is that we're not dying to trade people and we should only make a move if the right deal comes along.