Could you imagine a Warriors starting lineup of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, David Lee, Andrew Bogut, and…Paul Pierce?
Yes, the Warriors could have acquired Pierce at the trade deadline, according to Bill Simmons, in return for Harrison Barnes and an expiring contract (either Andris Biedrins or Richard Jefferson). However, they turned down the deal offered by the Celtics, who were rumored to be looking to blow up their roster at the deadline.
Simmons believes the Warriors should have pulled the trigger, saying:
They would have been selling super-high on the disappears-way-too-much Barnes… and Pierce would have made them a short-term contender.
I’d rather have Pierce’s final four years then Barnes’s next 10, anyway.
The 35-year old Pierce has spent his entire 14-year career in Boston, averaging 18.6 points per game this season.
Meanwhile, Barnes wrapped up his rookie season this year, averaging 9.2 points per game while showing flashes of potential, but lacked consistency.
Essentially, this would have been a short-term trade because Barnes obviously has a lot more years left in him than Pierce, and the Warriors were apparently not willing to sacrifice their future for a chance at contention immediately.