This is what it is.
1) With Pierce, KG, Rondo, Sully and other key additions, can we win it all?? With Pierce handling the ball quite a bit of the time, esp in the 4th, can we win??
2) IF Pierce gets traded in the offseason, does that actually hamper the team chemistry? Would it be better to start the season without him
3) If we trade Pierce before the season starts, what kind of Value can we get back? How many bad contracts would we have to eat up??
These are the million dollar question Danny has to think about. I don't think he feels comfortable to pay Pierce 15 million even if its only for a year, and worse get nowhere in the playoffs and lose out on a potential high pick. The confidence is not there, with everything he has said so far. He wants Doc and KG to be back, especially kg is still valuable as a Defensive anchor , plus his intensity and trainning will be good for the younger guys. But will KG comeback without Pierce?? Will Doc comeback without either stars? Remember if Doc leaves the team now , on a pretty high note with everything he has accomplished, he will likely get scooped up by a top level team. If he tries to manage a pp/kg less team, not only will he have numerous headaches but also his chances to get a top level job might be hampered.
I think Danny is going to explore a sign and trade by draft night. Two teams that are candidates for him are Brookly and LA Clippers. Brooklyn apparently offered a deal involving Humprhies, Brooks and a 1st. Or Clippers can offer a 1st , butler and other contract fillers. Either way getting a 1st would be key (esp if Danny is eyeing a late pick talent) plus whatever else best he could get.
KG i think won't be pleased of this , but still ends up staying. He is a loyal guy that hates change of scenery. And it will be his last year anyways. Doc stays for another year.
Bass, Humphries, Pietrus (fa signing example), Terry, T Will, and either two draft picks or one higher draft pick.
Goodbye Crawford ,Shav, White, Waive or trade Lee